An Associate Professor of ACSR Medical College in Andhra Pradesh's Nellore was attacked on the college premises by students on Thursday after he allegedly sexually harassed a girl student.
Tensions ran high as the attack took place even as the accused, identified as Chandrasekhar, was in a meeting with the Nellore Government General Hospital superintendent among others.
The victim alleged that there was an attempt to sexually assault her when she turned up for surgery posting. She also claimed that the accused had made similar moves on other students as well.
â€śWhen I had attended surgery postings at demo room, Associate Professor Chandrasekhar misbehaved with me. He tried to sexually assault me. He made similar attempts in the past and many students of the college experienced them. But, they are not coming forward to complaint against the Professor,â€ť the victim was quoted as saying.
As she narrated the issue to her parents and friends, irate family members and students barged into the meeting on Thursday and began arguing with Chandrasekhar.
Soon, a fight broke out, which left Chandrasekhar bleeding. Meanwhile, the police reached the premises of the college and detained one of the victim's friends.
"When we are in a meeting with associate professors and other staff, the relatives of the final-year student suddenly entered the meeting hall and argued with Chandrasekhar. One of the youngsters attacked Chandrasekhkar," Nellore GGH Superintendent Radha Krishna was quoted as saying.
The police are now expected to register a case based on the girlâ€™s complaint, following which an investigation will look into the allegations.
This is not the first such incident to be reported from the state.
In January this year, the Andhra Pradesh police arrested Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University (JNTU) Kakinada professor K Babulu.
Babulu, who was the Director of Information, Computer Science and Technology department, was accused of sexual harassment.
In November last year, the Visakhapatnam police arrested Professor K Yedukondalu, the head of the Sanskrit Department at Andhra University, who was accused of sexually harassing female students.
The entire incident came to light after students from the University reportedly manhandled Yedukondalu, after multiple women students complained that he was sexually harassing them.