New Delhi, Mar 20: Delhi police on Tuesday arrested Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) professor Atul Johri after allegations of sexual harassment were leveled against him by eight Life Science students. Johri was soon granted bail by Delhi’s Patiala House Court. The police had been questioning the JNU professor since morning in the alleged sexual harassment case. Anil Johri guides M.Phil and Ph.D students of Life Sciences at JNU.Also Read - JNUEE 2020: NTA to Conduct Re-exam of These Courses on October 28 | Check Details Here
On Friday, a group of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students filed an FIR against Atul Johri accusing him of sexually harassing and molesting women. An FIR under Section 354 (Assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) and 509 (Word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) (of the Indian Penal Code) was registered against Atul Johri. Also Read - JNUET 2020: NTA to Announce New Dates For JNU Entrance Test Soon
“The professor often makes sexually-coloured remarks, open demands for sex and comments on the figure of almost every girl. If a girl objects, he holds a grudge against her,” the students’ statement read. (Also Read: Swaminathan Denies JNU Teachers’ Claim of Support to Compulsory Attendance Move) Also Read - 'No One Will Fight For Democracy in Future': Twitter Revolts as JNU Student Natasha Narwal Charged Under UAPA After Anti-CAA Protest
“We have recorded the statements of the complainants. A few more female students have approached the police and levelled similar allegations against Johri. It is being examined. Legal action will be initiated. The investigation is being closely monitored by Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police Monika Bhardwaj,” Joint Commissioner of Police Ajay Chaudhary had said earlier.
Johri, however, had denied “all the charges” alleging that “these accusations by students is purposefully targeting him for his vocal advocacy of compulsory attendance which most students are against”. “Some girls, who have levelled the allegations against me, had received a mail from me on February 27 regarding their irregular attendance in the lab. So, they are targeting me,” he told PTI. (Also Read: Students Angry as JNU Increases Mess Fee by 100 Percent)