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NLUJAA Gets Interim VC After Vice-Chancellor Facing Sexual Harassment Allegations Steps Down

4 Aug 2020 8:11 AM GMT
NLUJAA Gets Interim VC After Vice-Chancellor Facing Sexual Harassment Allegations Steps Down
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Director of Judicial Academy, Assam & North Eastern Judicial Officers' Training Institute, Aparna Ajitsaria, AJS, has been appointed as the interim Vice-Chancellor of the National Law University and Judicial Academy Assam (NLUJAA).

She has taken charge as the interim VC of NLUJAA from August 3 onwards.

The development has taken place after the erstwhile VC, Professor (Dr.) J S Patil stepped down during in the wake of sexual harassment allegations against him .

The Student Bar Council of the University had recently written to the Chief Justice of Gauhati High Court, who happens to be the Chancellor of the University, seeking Patil's removal.

NLUJAA Students Seek Removal Of Vice Chancellor Facing Sexual Harassment Allegations

Subsequently, some faculty members also stated that "In the past, Prof. Patil has made sexist remarks and used sexually harassing language with the members of the faculty, both female and male".

The FIR against Dr.Patil has reportedly been filed under sections Sections 294(obscene acts in public), 354A(sexual harassment of women) and 509(Word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), alleging that he had exposed his nudity to the neighbour's female family members.

Refuting the allegations, Dr.Patil told Legally India, "It is to tarnish the image of me and my University". He also claimed that he has filed a counter-case against the complainants.

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