JnU teacher sexually harassed by Chhatra League leader; teachers demand permanent expulsion

JnU-protest

On Sunday, 27th April, 2015, Md Aroj Mia, an assistant secretary of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) of Jagannath University unit, was caught and handed over to police by the university authority after he had harassed a female teacher of the university in public.

The victim teacher is Lubna Jebin, a lecturer of the department of Public Administration of the University.

In her complaint, Lubna said that the student was walking before her and attempting to bar her intentionally. As she asked the reason of such behaviour, he hurled abusive words, pulled her clothing and at one stage slapped her in public.

Lubna also said she herself had held the wrongdoer and took him to the proctor’s office.

Later, she filed a case with Kotwali police station against Aroj, under women and children repression prevention act.

Lubna Jebin’s Facebook Status protesting the incident

JnU acting Proctor Dr Noor Muhammad said the proctorial-body had called in police and handed Aroj over to them after receiving compliant from the teacher.

JnU Registrar Eng. Md Ohiduzzman said the university authority rusticated Aroj temporarily from the university.

The university also formed a three-member body to probe the incident headed by Jagannath University Teachers’ Association President Ali Noor, he added.

Contacted, sub-inspector of Kotwali police station, Rafiqul Islam said Chhatra League men had taken Aroz away before they received him.

The incident had taken place at a time when the nation was united in condemning sexual assaults which had occurred on the day of Pahela Baishaikh at Dhaka University premises and Sohrawardy Uddyan.

Teacher protests continue on Wednesday; threaten to boycott classes

Teachers of Jagannath University on Wednesday threatened to boycott classes if the authorities did not expel permanently a leader of the university unit of Bangladesh Chhatra League from the university before May 7 for harassing a female teacher sexually.

JnU-protest

They demanded the stern punishment of the accused BCL leader, Md Aroz Miah, with cancelation of his studentship from the university.

Students also went out on demonstrations demanding the punishment of the accused, boycotting classes on the campus at noon.

A human chain organised by the university teachers’ association on the campus around 11:00am with its president Mohammad Ali Noor in the chair.

Mohammad Ali Noor said, ‘Those who will be involved in sexual harassment have to be punished hard either he is a student or a teacher.’

He said that the university authorities have to complete the probe before May 7 and take stern steps against the accused BCL leader.

‘If the authorities fail to do this, the tougher movement will be taken after an emergency meeting on May 10,’ he said.
‘We might boycott the classes,’ the president warned.

Chairman of Islamic history and culture department, Atiar Rahman, told New Age that they had got a letter from the university authorities and would adopt necessary steps against the accused on Thursday.

Earlier, JnU unit BCL leader Md Aroz Miah, also a student of Islamic history and culture department, sexually harassed, Lubna Jebin, a lecturer of public administration department on the campus on April 26 noon.

Aroz, however, denied the allegation and told New Age on Monday that he was in a rush and had an accidental collision with the teacher.

JnU registrar, Md Ohiduzzaman, said that the authorities already suspended Aroz Miah from the university.

Source: BDChronicle and New Age