JNU professor, accused of sexual harassment, resigns from administrative posts

WION Web Team New Delhi, India Mar 17, 2018, 02.35 AM(IST)

Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi. Photograph:( Others )

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The professor alleged that the allegation against him was a 'motivated move' and an attempt to 'malign my character'

A Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) professor, who has been accused of sexual harassment by a group of women students of the university, resigned from two administrative posts on "moral grounds" on Friday.

The professor alleged that the allegation against him was a "motivated move" and an attempt to "malign my character".

"I resigned on moral grounds. I am outraged because of this mala fide, motivated move, trying to malign my character. I feel mentally harassed," the professor told PTI.

The professor held two administrative posts in JNU -- the director of the Human Resources Development Centre (HRDC) and the director of the Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC).

Following the allegation of sexual harrassment, an FIR has been filed against the professor at the Vasant Kunj police station.

The university administration, in a statement, said, "A few students of the School of Life Sciences of JNU met the top administrative officials and verbally expressed their grievances against a professor. They were assured that the administration will look into their grievances. The professor, against whom such a complaint has been made, has in the meantime tendered his resignation from his administrative positions."

(With inputs from PTI)