Sexual harassment: Complaints Committee summons accused Prof. Shivabasavaiah

Mysore, Mar. 8- The University of Mysore yesterday submitted a report to Governor H.R. Bhardwaj, who is also the Chancellor of the University, and to the State government regarding the sexual harassment charges by Zoology research student Sarita against Prof. Shivabasavaiah.

The Women Harassment Complaints Committee of the University which is probing the charges, called an emergency meeting and decided to summon the accused, Shivabasavaiah, on Mar. 11.

In another twist, the Committee has sought an explanation from the Varsity over the delay in referring the case to it. The Committee report will be sent to the Syndicate, the apex body of the Varsity.

VC Prof.V.G. Talwar called up Women Harassment Complaints Committee Chief K. Yashodara around 11 am and asked her to expedite the enquiry. The Panel met at 4 pm and discussed for two hours. Yashodara told some media persons that Shivabasa-vaiah will be served a notice asking him to appear before the Panel on Friday. “We are also seeking explanation from the Varsity as to why the complaint was not referred to us immediately,” she disclosed.

Sarita is not calling it quits as she will continue her Ph.D in the University. “At the end, we should get justice and my wife will continue her research work,” said Vijayakumar, Sarita`s husband.

Police Commissioner meets Sarita

City Police Commissioner Sunil Agarwal yesterday met M. Sarita, the research student of Mysore Varsity who is recuperating at B.M. Hospital after suicide attempt triggered by sexual harassment by her Research Guide.

He enquired about her health and collected complete details about the case.

Speaking to Star of Mysore later, Agarwal said: “A case has been booked against Prof. Shivabasavaiah for sexual harassment. A case has also been booked against Sarita for attempting suicide. Based on her statement, a case has been registered against Vice-Chancellor Prof. V.G. Talwar. Primary investigation has provided many details. Narasimharaja ACP A.K. Suresh has been asked to head the enquiry team instead of Vijayanagar Police Inspector Arun Nagegowda. Evidences are being collected. The offenders will be booked shortly, however high they might be in the hierarchy.”


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