The head of the Department of Journalism and Science Communication, Madurai Kamaraj University was attacked on Tuesday by a former guest lecturer at the department. S Jenefa was stabbed multiple times in her office by Jothimurugan after she refused to renew his tenure in the department.
According to the police, the incident occurred at around 10.30am in the morning. Hearing Jenefa's screams, other students and faculty rushed to the spot. Jothimurugan was handed over to the police, while Jenefa was rushed to a private hospital.
Jothimurugan had reportedly completed his education at the same University and was engaged as a guest lecturer on a temporary basis. He was in charge of practical sessions for students in the last academic year. When he approached Jenefa for an extension to the next year, she, however, refused.
According to reports, this was because his behaviour with the staff and a section of the students was inappropriate. He, however, continuously approached her over the matter and on Tuesday when she made it clear that he will not get the post, he stabbed her as she was entering her office.
"We are investigating the matter and the accused is currently in our custody," the Nagamalai Pudukottai police told TNM.