Gandhinagar: Renowned design institute National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad on October 5 asked its senior faculty member Krishnesh Mehta, who taught interdisciplinary studies and industrial design, to leave the Institute after he was found guilty of sexual harassment. Further, Mehta has also been barred from entering the NID campuses. Also Read - Slumdog Millionaire Actor Madhur Mittal Accused of Sexual Assault Charges, Says 'Untrue, Extremely Disturbing'
According to an Indian Express report, the institute set up an enquiry committee after a bunch of students accused Mehta of using “undesirable, and out of syllabus references of sexuality and sexual relations and behaviour” in the class. After a probe, it was found that all the allegations levelled against the professor were genuine. Following which, the professor submitted his resignation and was relieved from his services with immediate effect from October 5. Also Read - Coronavirus: Night Curfew in Gujarat’s Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara, Rajkot Extended For 15 Days
“The enquiry was immediately set up when we received complaints from students against Krishnesh Mehta using sexual flavours while teaching in the class. As the enquiry committee found him guilty, we decided to immediately terminate him but he apologised and submitted his resignation which was duly accepted,” The Indian Express quoted NID Director Pradyumna Vyas as telling. Also Read - With A Smile On Face Before Suicide, Woman Records Last Message Before Jumping Into Ahmedabad's Sabarmati River
With India witnessing its own #MeToo Movement, many women have come out and voiced their stories of sexual abuse and harassment at the hands of men. One such case is of journalist-turned-politician MJ Akbar. Dozens of journalists have accused the former Union Minister of sexual misconduct. Recently, a US journalist accused MJ Akbar of raping her in 1994.
Pallavi Gogoi, Chief Business Editor at National Public Radio accused the former minister of raping her in 1994 while she was working at The Asian Age. In an article for ‘The Washington Post’, the journalist had claimed that prior to the incident, Akbar had attempted to kiss her and on another occasion scratched her face when she fought him off. She said that at that point in time, Akbar would abuse her sexually, verbally as well as emotionally.
However, MJ Akbar denied the rape charges saying that the allegations were false, and that the duo were into a consensual relationship somewhere around 1994 that spanned several months. “This relationship gave rise to talk and would later cause strife in my home life as well. This consensual relationship ended, perhaps not on best note,” the former minister defended himself.