JNU Professor Accused of Manhandling Woman Student During Protest

A professor of Jawaharlal Nehru Nehru University was, on Friday 9 February, accused of manhandling a woman student in public during a protest on the campus against compulsory attendance.

Both the parties have filed complaints at the Vasant Kunj Marg police station, a senior police officer said.

The protesters alleged a woman student was "violently" manhandled by a professor of Centre for Studies in Science Policy after she tried to talk to him when he "forced his way" to School of Social Sciences.

A group of students, on Friday, were protesting by calling for a complete “lock-down” of the campus in wake of a varsity notice stipulating withdrawal of hostel service and cancellation of fellowship/scholarship in case of non-compliance with the minimum attendance criterion.

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In a note issued by the varsity on Thursday evening, students were told that requests for fellowships/scholarships will be processed only if the concerned students have achieved the minimum attendance (75 per cent).

It said that all fellowship/scholarship (means-cum-merit, non-NET etc.) holders are required to meet the minimum attendance criterion, and if they fail to do so, they "will not be provided with any university facilities such as hostel, medical etc" and will not be able to register for next semester.

It said that all fellowship/scholarship (means-cum-merit, non-NET etc.) holders are required to meet the minimum attendance criterion, and if they fail to do so, they "will not be provided with any university facilities such as hostel, medical etc" and will not be able to register for next semester.

The decision was passed by a committee which was formed to frame the guidelines for attendance order in a meeting on 5 February.

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