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Sexual harassment in IIM Indore: No police action against professor as of now

Dailybhaskar.com   |  Feb 23, 2013, 01:12AM IST

Indore: The Indore branch of Indian Institute of Management was at the centre of news again. But this time, it was not academic excellence, rather sexual harrasement in the prestigious business school. A IIM-Indore professor has been accused by a woman colleague of sexual harassment, and a complaint has also been filed in this regard.

The woman professor lodged the complaint with institute Director N Ravichandran against an associate professor of marketing department on February 20, a spokesman for the institute said.

The complaint was forwarded to the Gender Sensitivity Committee headed by external member Reba Majumdar, the spokesman said, adding the committee held two meetings on the issue since Thursday and recorded the statements of the accused and the victim. The spokesperson of IIM - Indore Dr Pervez Akhtar however said, "We have received the complaint from the woman professor that she was sexually abused by her male counterpart. This is a serious issue and the department has already initiated action on this."

"No action has so far been taken against the accused associate professor as the director is waiting for the committee's final report," the spokesman added. The matter was not referred to the police either, he said.

As no action was taken even after filing complaint with the director, the faculty later escalated the issue before the chairman of the institute K.V Kamath and directly approached the sexual harassment committee. (with PTI inputs)

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