The St. Stephen’s molestation victim on July 16 had visited the campus to collect her cheque. She was denied and told that her stipend has not been approved by her supervisor, who is also accused of molesting the victim. The college dean Valson Thampu, had confirmed the same saying “I had personally handed over the stipend cheque to her in December, the cheque in question now is for the next six months, which has not been issued as the documents need the signature of her PhD guide and he is not available as I had ‘advised’ him not to visit the college”. Also Read - CBSE & ICSE Board Exams 2021: Top 7 Things to do For Preparation |Watch Video
However, on July 24 he made a Facebook post on his page which showed the copies of two cheques issued on January 21 and March 9, stating that the college never refused to pay her the stipend but “she never bothered to collect the cheques” and hence they got cancelled. Also Read - CBSE Board Exam 2021: Tips to Cope Up With Stress For Children And Parents | Watch Video
After CPI(M) Politburo member Brinda Karat accompanied St Stephen’s molestation victim to a meeting with HRD Minister Smriti Irani, college principal Valson Thampu took on her saying “she should have checked her facts” and “activism should not abort the truth”. Also Read - Telangana Schools to Reopen for Classes 6 and 8 After Nearly 11 Months
“Ms Karat has gone all the way to Smriti Irani to get the stipend of the complainant in the sexual harassment case released from St Stephen’s college. I wish Brinda had checked the facts. I admire her activism. But activism should not abort the truth,” Thampu said in a Facebook post.
Karat had yesterday accompanied the research scholar, who has alleged molestation by a college professor, to meet Irani, who later directed the Delhi University to ensure that the girl gets her stipend and unrestricted access to the lab, and that her research supervisor is immediately changed. Thampu, who has been accused of shielding the accused in the case, today posted images of two cheques issued in the name of the victim, maintaining that the college never refused to pay her the stipend but “she never bothered to collect the cheques”.
“The complainant did not bother to collect them and they have expired. The same happened on the earlier occasion as well, when stipend for several months were not collected by her.
“Then also a complaint was aired in public that St. Stephen’s was “penalizing” her by holding back her stipend! The truth then, as now, was that she did not collect the cheque,” he said.
Also read: St. Stephen’s Molestation Row: HRD Minister Smriti Irani meets victim, issues directives to Delhi University
With PTI Inputs
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