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JU teacher taken off duty over sexual harassment allegation

  • Published at 10:53 pm September 29th, 2019
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File photo of Jahangirnagar University main entrance Dhaka Tribune

On September 19, a female student of Sanwar’s department had filed a written complaint against the teacher for sexually harassing her

Jahangirnagar University (JU) authorities have taken off duty Sanwar Siraj, an assistant professor of government and politics department, after allegations of sexual harassment surfaced against him.

JU Vice-Chancellor Prof Farzana Islam made the decision yesterday afternoon, confirmed the university’s Registrar (acting) Rahima Kaneez.

Rahima said: “The Anti-Sexual Harassment Cell of the university has taken the allegations against him [Sanwar] into cognizance and started its investigation. It held its first meeting today [Sunday].

“The VC decided to take Sanwar Siraj off from all academic and administrative duties during the investigation after the cell made the recommendation.”

On September 19, a female student of Sanwar’s department had filed a written complaint against the teacher for sexually harassing her.

After she reportedly failed to get justice from the department authorities, the student tried to commit suicide by swallowing a large number of sleeping pills due to the mental trauma she was going through, according to her family.

She was immediately admitted to a hospital in Savar and released on Thursday.

JU students on Saturday demonstrated on the campus demanding Sanwar’s exemplary punishment.

They claimed that Sanwar was also involved in many such scandals.