New Delhi, Mar 19: Students of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), who were protesting against professor Atul Johri, who is accused of sexually harassing female students, and Delhi cops clashed in front of Vasant Kunj police station. The clash broke out when JNU students gathered outside the police station demanding the arrest of Johri. Also Read - 'Rockstar' Delhi Police Constable Rajat Rathore Leaves Kartik Aaryan Smitten by Crooning 'Tera Yaar Hoon Main' Song From Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety
Last week, seven students from the School of Life Science has filed sexual harassment complaints at Vasant Kunj police station against professor Atul Johari of the school. Deputy Commissioner of Police, Southwest, Milind Mahadeo Dumbre on Monday said: “The matter is being dealt according to the law. A notice has been issued and he has been called tomorrow to join the investigation.” Also Read - Video of Blood-Soaked NGO Volunteer Goes Viral After Others From 'Neighbourhood Woof' Brutally Assaulted by Locals in Delhi
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) has been registered against Atul Johri. JNU Students Union President Geeta Kumari, who accompanied all the complainants to the police station on Thursday, claimed that the misconduct of the professor is “well-known”.
Johri has reportedly denied “all the charges” and has alleged that “these accusations by students is purposefully targeting him for his vocal advocacy of compulsory attendance which most students are against”. 54 JNU professors today also demanded registration of separate FIRs in all eight complaints of sexual harassment filed against Johri.
The JNU teachers said eight complaints were filed by as many women students, however, the Delhi Police chose to register only one FIR based on only one of the complaints. “Even though you have received 8 complaints, each of which reports incidents that are distinct and separated by space and time, you have chosen to register only one FIR under only one of the names. We are shocked to learn this as the law requires that a separate FIR is registered for each complaint,” they said in a petition.