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Judicial inquiry ordered in SUST sexual harassment

  • Published at 07:31 pm April 12th, 2017
Judicial inquiry ordered in SUST sexual harassment
A Sylhet court has ordered judicial inquiry into the allegations of sexual harassment of an SSC examinee by some leaders and activists of Chhatra League of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology who also beat up two journalists on April 8. Judge Md Mohitul Haq of the Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal gave the order Wednesday after the girl’s mother filed a case with the court. After the order, Chhatra League's central committee suspended activities of the university committee. The ruling party’s student front has also formed a probe body. The girl earlier filed a written complaint to the university authorities.
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The mother filed the case accusing Mahmudul Hasan Rudro of social work department, SN Sazzad Riad of statistics department and Chhatra League President of the unit Sanjiban Chakrabarty Partha. Four to five unnamed others were made accused in the case. Assistant Judge Sharmin Akter would carry out the judicial inquiry, lawyer Md Mashrur Chowdhury said. Two journalists were later assaulted and beaten up by the Chhatra League leaders and activists the same evening as the duo went to the spot to rescue the girl. A committee formed by the university is looking into the allegations. The attackers are all followers of Sanjiban Chakrabarty. The campus-based journalists yesterday demonstrated demanding exemplary punishment for the stalkers. In her complaint, the victim – an SSC examinee of nearby Pathantula High School – alleged that she had gone to the campus for a visit with her cousin Saturday afternoon. She was stalked by some Chhatra League activists from the main gate to the Shaheed Minar. They hurled abuses, asked her indecent questions and even blew cigarette smoke on her face. At one stage, one of the Chhatra League activists slapped her and beat up her cousin. They also asked her not to come to the campus again. Syed Nabiul Alam Dipu, SUST press club vice-president and correspondent of the Daily Shokaler Khobor, went to the spot along with several other correspondents including Sardar Abbas Ali, general secretary of the university’s press club and reporter of the Daily Observer. They were later beaten up in the Food Court area the same evening. Badrul Alam, a suspended Chhatra League leader of the same campus who hacked college student Khadiza Akhter Nargis last year, was a member of the same gang.