Making public the confidential details in such cases "tantamount to grave violation of privacy", the varsity said.

JNU tells students faculty to refrain from publicising sexual harassment casesImage source: By गंगा सहाय मीणा (Own work), via Wikimedia Commons
news Monday, December 28, 2015 - 10:55

The Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi has reportedly advised its faculty and students to refrain from "publicising" incidents of sexual harassment and maintain strict "confidentiality". 

According to a PTI report, the varsity in an official communication said, "The entire JNU community is requested to uphold the principles of gender justice, which includes maintaining strict confidentiality about GSCASH cases. The committee actively tries to counter any attempt to create a hostile environment which includes instilling an atmosphere of fear and silence."

"Making public the confidential and personal details of any case or individuals adds in creating a hostile environment rather than containing it. This kind of irresponsible behaviour on part of any member or group on campus to further narrow political gains is not appreciated."

It also said that "such acts tantamount to grave violation of privacy of those who have entrusted faith in Gender Sensitisation Committee Against Sexual Harassment (GSCASH). Any such incident should be reported to GSCASH instead of publicising. This will further aggravate and amplify the sufferings of the concerned and will have a detrimental effect on mental peace and tranquility".

Some teachers at JNU had earlier alleged that the processes of the GSCASH were "perverted" and that confidentiality in relation to such complaints was being "blatantly violated", the PTI report adds. 

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