Students of the TMA Pai Polytechnic college in Manipal returned to classes after the police registered a case against the Vice Principal after a student accused him of sexually harassing her.
An FIR was registered at the women’s police station against Srikanth Pai after a woman lecturer filed a complaint. After the case was registered, the students, who were protesting for dismissal of the vice-principal, returned to the college.
The New Indian Express reported that the accused tried to misbehave with the lecturer on August 27. She said she told her husband on same day. She said that the Pai was harassing her for some time. She was reportedly working in the college for over five years.
The Hindu quoted Prajwal D. Shetty, president of All College Polytechnic Students Union, said that the students had decided to attend classes as the vice-principal had been dismissed.
Udupi Superintendent of Police, KT Balakrishna said, “We want to do the enquiry in a proper and legal manner. We have been consulting legal experts in the issue.”
T Ranga Pai, academic coordinator of the polytechnic college, said, “It is the first time that a lecturer has complained about harassment though she alleged that he had been harassing her for the past six months. A lot of inquiry is needed.”