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Controversial, Infamous for Breaking India Activities Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) breaks its own record of the highest number of sexual harassment complaints, get lodged with the administration. There are 39 complaints of sexual harassment recorded in Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) During the 2015-16 financial year which is the highest among all universities.

In Last December, the erstwhile HRD Minister Smriti Irani had informed Parliament that the number of complaints received by the JNU authorities during the two years was the highest among educational institutions.

The university had received 26 complaints of sexual harassment in 2014-15, while the number stood at 25 in 2013-14.

As per the University Grants Commission (UGC) data, 25 complaints has lodged reported in JNU in 2013-14, the highest among 104 higher education institutions while the number stood 26 in during 2014-15.

According to the 2015-16 annual report of Gender Sensitisation Committee Against Sexual Harassment, a central body which deals with complaints of this nature from all university departments, 42 complaints were received between January 2015 and March 2016

Three inquiries have completed out of the total cases, and cases were closed. Three complaints have withdrawn, 29 complaints are such where the inquiry is underway.

"In one case where the defendant was unknown, GSCASH advised the complainant to get in touch with police. Six cases could not proceed due to non-availability of either of the parties after several efforts," the report said.

The University had found itself at the center of criticism by reporting maximum cases of sexual harassment in last year. As we also seen, in August, a Ph.D. student Anmol Ratan belongs to AISA arrested in rape charge after a fellow girl student made a complaint.

Earlier, a few professors of the varsity had come out by questioning the functioning of GSCASH, alleging its “processes are perverted”. GSCASH was instituted by the university in 1999 under the Vishakha guidelines of the Supreme Court.

The panel has representatives from JNU Students Union (JNUSU), JNU Officers’ Association (JNUOA), hostel wardens, faculty and administrative staff.

(PTI)

 

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