//AMU don suspended on sexual harassment complaint of US scholar

AMU don suspended on sexual harassment complaint of US scholar


A senior member of the faculty of law at Aligarh Muslim University has been suspended pending a full inquiry into the complaint of sexual harassment of a research scholar of the United States.

The university women's grievance cell was conducting a complete probe into the complaint as per guidelines issued by the Supreme Court on such issues, AMU Vice-Chancellor Naseem Ahmad said here today.

The Law Professor, Mohammad Shabbir, had been placed under suspension until such time that the inquiry was complete but the university had to tread carefully as there was a possibility of "false complaints", he said.

He said the professor would be provided the opportunity to refute the allegations and "due action" would be taken on the basis of the final report by the cell.

Ahmad said he had "personally examined the evidence" on the complaint by the US scholar and handed it in February last year to the six-member women's cell headed by Shamim Zahan Rizvi and comprising four senior women teachers, the university registrar and proctor.

Following recent allegations of sexual harassment, the AMU had set up a permanent structure to fully investigate such cases and ensure justice was meted out, he said.

AMU registrar Faisan Mustafa said the cell had released an 18-page report on the recent case of a student, Farha Aziz Khanam, who filed a sexual harassment complaint. The entire episode had been "orchestrated by ulterior motives", he said.