The campus witnessed large scale unrest earlier after hundreds of students demanded the resignation of its proctor

Maulana Azad Uni professor alleges sexual assault by students moves womens panelScenes from the protest (Image: Facebook/Sadik Ashraf)
news Tuesday, October 20, 2015 - 08:17

Provost of Maulana Azad National Urdu University (Manuu), Aziz Banu on Monday moved the State Women's Commission (SWC) on claims that she was sexually assaulted during protests that took place on October 12 in the university campus.

According to a report in the Times of India, Banu expressed her anguish in her petition at Manuu Policy Against Discrimination and Sexual Harassment (PADASH) chairperson Dr Shahida for reportedly making a 'prejudiced' statement denying that the professor was sexually assaulted in the varsity.

In response to this, Banu wrote that the statement "has aggravated my pain resulting losing trust in the said committee."

The campus witnessed large scale unrest on October 12 after hundreds of students demanded the resignation of its proctor S A Wahab and other staffers.

Around 1,200 students also boycotted classes and held demonstrations in front of the administration block of the university throughout the day.

The chief demands of these students were the restoration of monthly fellowship and better facilities for their hostels, which they claimed, were in poor condition and overcrowded.

They also demanded lesser restriction on girls in the university.

Many female hostelers also tore up attendance registers of the girls' hostel, protesting against 'regressive rules' that did not let them step out after 7 pm, even to go to the library.

Banu claims in the petition that she went to "sort out issues" with the protesting students during the protest, but male students were "shouting at me, using vulgar language, manhandling, pulling my clothes and made me a victim of sexual harassment." 

The professor also reportedly submitted video clips of the incident to the SWC, which in turn, forwarded the complaint to Cyberabad commissioner C V Anand for action. 

Meanwhile, the PADASH has claimed that they were never approached by Banu, while students said that the professor might have been "accidentally pushed" in the chaos, but there was no sexual assault.


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