Jadavpur University professor had been behaving inappropriately for many years, allege students

Jadavpur University professor Kanak Sarkar who sparked off a row after his Facebook post comparing girls’ virginity to a ‘sealed bottle or sealed packet’ went viral.(Facebook Photo)

During a closed-door meeting of the student-teacher committee of the international relations department, students, most of whom were women, alleged that Kanak Sarkar had been behaving inappropriately for many years and used to threaten those who protested.

Jadavpur University (JU) professor Kanak Sarkar, who compared a “virgin girl” to a “sealed bottle” in his social media post, will face inquiry into allegations of sexual harassment that were not reported before.

He cannot enter the campus till inquiries against him are not over, the authorities announced on Wednesday after complaints from students poured in.

During a closed-door meeting of the student-teacher committee of the international relations department, students, most of whom were women, alleged that Sarkar had been behaving inappropriately for many years and used to threaten those who protested.

“After receiving this report, we ordered an inquiry into the allegations,” JU vice chancellor Suranjan Das said.

“Sarkar will also face parallel probes by West Bengal Commission for Women and National Commission for Women. Sarkar has been asked to stay away from campus till all these inquiries are not over,” Das added.

Om Prakash Mishra, head of the international relations department, asked student-teacher committee to meet. Several students alleged Sarkar used to make inappropriate comments during classes and on campus.

“The students alleged that Sarkar used to threaten them if they objected to his behaviour. Students also alleged that Sarkar’s teachings made little sense and were of no use to them,” one of the five teachers in the committee said on condition of anonymity. After the meeting, Mishra divested Sarkar of his responsibilities and submitted a report to the VC.

Sarkar did not take calls after JU authorities ordered an inquiry against him. He deleted his profile page on Facebook on Wednesday night.However, till Tuesday he defended himself.

Source: Hindustan Times

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