Sabu Thomas | G Shiva Prasad
Kottayam: MG University Vice-Chancellor Sabu Thomas on Wednesday has denied sexual harassment and caste discrimination allegations raised by a research student in the university. As per the complaint, she faced sexual harassment from a teacher and a research student in 2014.
Sabu Thomas stated that the allegations are baseless and that the complainant had never reported the incident to the concerned authorities in the university.
“The sexual harassment allegation is a false one. I welcome any inquiry over the allegations on caste discrimination levelled by the student,” he said.
The Vice-Chancellor also urged the research student to complete her PhD. He informed that the university is willing to settle the matter if the district collector takes initiative to settle the row.
Meanwhile, the girl dismissed the VC's statement on not receiving any complaint on sexual harassment.
“The incident took place in 2014. A complaint was lodged with the Vice-Chancellor at that time. This complaint was raised again at a meeting attended by the Vice-Chancellor, the Registrar and members of the Syndicate. I had raised the grievance orally in 2014. However, no written complaint was lodged,” she said.
At the same time, the student has been observing a hunger strike in front of the university demanding to take action over her complaint. The student alleged that the university did not provide facilities for research in nanoscience due to caste discrimination. She asserted that she will not obey the court order in this regard. A meeting held between the vice-chancellor and the student held on Monday also failed to reach a consensus.