Student of Christ University complains of sexual harassment on campus

Student of Christ University complains of sexual harassment on campus

Submitted by alvin on Tue, 2016-08-02 10:25 Bengaluru: A student of Christ University has complained of sexual harassment on the campus in a post on the website youthkiawaaz.com.Submitted anonymously by a girl student, the article says that girls had to grapple with “increasing sexualisation and sexual harassment”. “Yes, we feel increasingly vulnerable and it’s about time this issue was addressed," she writes in the post.Explaining her ordeal, the female student writes about an incident that “sent jitters down her spine”. “It was in my first semester that a particular issue with regard to my assignment brought me to the office of a member of the management, a powerful figure in the Christ administration and a professor. Pleasantries aside, he sent jitters down my spine. He proceeded to peer at my rather fitting suit and commented that I looked smart. But, he wouldn’t stop at that. He said he wished girls dressed as smart as I did in a tone that reeked of conceit, knowing fully that I wouldn’t bring it up ever because he was an influential man.”The student says that the “professor had been accused of sexual harassment accused of sexual harassment previously as well”. “Initially, I refused to subscribe to such claims. But, the menacing glance and smirk on his face was enough to prove otherwise. His notoriety preceded himself,” the post says.The student narrates another incident where “… a professor in the English Department flirted with me and wondered if I might be lured into watching a movie with him.” The student says that the man had “posed similar questions to other female students on several occasions”. “Despite a negative faculty evaluation on the part of the students, he continues to teach in Christ. The same professor asked a male friend about the “maal” he’s managed to “score” among his female classmates. Yes, girls are goods and we definitely fancy being ‘scored’,” says the post.The girl also questions the role of her counsellor who had “suggested” to her that the teacher was being “friendly”. “She is one among the many who help legitimise inappropriate advances under the pretext of ‘cordial behaviours’. This is done strictly under the instruction of the administration that has, time and again, stifled and threatened students who spoke up against such harassment,” the post says.Expressing helplessness, the student says there are no avenues to complain. "All these instances have left me quite agitated. One might say that there are several avenues within the university where such issues might be taken up, but I beg you to reconsider. The Student Council is a farce, filled with sycophants who merely serve the imperial edicts of the administration. The ‘Open Forum’ wherein students are allowed to discuss issues ailing them has no powers, recommendatory or otherwise,” the student writes in the post, adding that she had been “advised against reporting this matter to the NAAC members” who visited the campus a year earlier because it would “most certainly lead to her expulsion”.