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DU students lock up professor for abuse

Update : 20 Feb 2014, 08:35 AM

Agitated students of Dhaka University locked up a professor in her quarters on campus on Thursday for abusive behaviour towards a female student.

Authorities later calmed the students and managed to rescue Psychology Department Professor Ayesha Mahmuda from her office after half-an-hour.

Masters student Rukhsana Parvin was consulting Lecturer Jami-un Nahar at her office on Tuesday when Professor Ayesha Mahmuda entered.

While on her way out, the professor became angry as she brushed with Rukhsana.

“The professor hurled abusive words at me, she called me a mistress,” student Rukhsana said. “She also kicked me aside on her way out.”

Lecturer Jami-un Nahar confirmed the verbal abuse of the professor to the Dhaka Tribune. “However, I do not know about the physical abuse.”

Agitated students submitted a memorandum to the vice chancellor, chairman of the Psychology Departmentt and the university proctor in this regard on Wednesday.

Psychology Department Chairman Parvin Haque confirmed that she had received the written complaint from the students.

“Actions will be taken according to regulations,” she said.

The professor (Ayesha Mahmuda) threatened the students when they were handing over the memorandum in the presence of Chairman Parvin, according to her.

“The professor has a reputation of ill-conduct with her students,” allegedly abused student Rukhsana told the Dhaka Tribune.

Agitated students took matters to their hands and locked up the professor inside her office on Wednesday. Professor Ayesha Mahmuda could not be reached afterwards.

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