Students call JNU professor Atul Johri's arrest 'step towards victory', say protests will continue if he is not suspended

The students of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) who have been demanding legal action against Professor Atul Johri, accused of sexual misconduct, said it was a 'step towards victory' after he was arrested

IANS March 20, 2018 20:09:45 IST
Students call JNU professor Atul Johri's arrest 'step towards victory', say protests will continue if he is not suspended

New Delhi: The students of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) who have been demanding legal action against Professor Atul Johri, accused of sexual misconduct, said it was a "step towards victory" after he was arrested on Tuesday.

Students call JNU professor Atul Johris arrest step towards victory say protests will continue if he is not suspended

Students of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) protest against professor who is accused of sexually harsassing female students, at Vasant Kunj Police Station in New Delhi. PTI

"Our major demand was his arrest and the second demand was his suspension from all the academic positions which he holds, including his professorship. We will continue to protest if he is not suspended from all the academic posts he holds," JNUSU President Geeta Kumari told IANS.

Professor Atul Johri of School of Life Science has been accused of sexual misbehaviour by several JNU students.

"He (Johri) has been arrested on Tuesday over the allegations of sexual misconduct and is being produced in the Patiala House court," Joint Commissioner of Police Ajay Chaudhary told IANS.

Kumari said that the arrest was a hope for them and it will set an example that one cannot go easy with sexual harassment within the campus irrespective of the position an individual holds.

On Monday, scores of JNU students protested outside Vasant Kunj police station near the varsity demanding the arrest and strict legal action against the professor.

"Salute to the JNU students who have been protesting all day long, it is a step towards women empowerment. This is just the beginning of our movement," one of the complainant added.

On 15 March, seven students from JNU lodged a complaint of sexual misbehaviour at Vasant Kunj police station against the professor but police had registered the complaints with only one name.

Following the protests, police on Tuesday registered eight FIRs against Johri on the separate complaints of nine students who alleged that he sexually harassed them in School of Life Sciences lab.

"The struggle is complex and long. It is a very sensitive and a politicised case, so we are careful because many influential people off and on the campus are looking into it. So the struggle is going to be difficult," Bhupali, a JNU student said.

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