GJ-PROFESSOR-HARASSMENT BES9

PhD guide accused of sexual harassment, suspended
    Rajkot, Sep 14 (PTI) Saurashtra University (SU) at
Rajkot in Gujarat suspended on Friday a professor accused of
sexually harassing a doctorate student.
    Vice-chancellor Nilambari Dave said the action was
taken against the professor, who is attached to the varsity's
Bio-Science department, following a meeting of SU's syndicate.
    A woman student who was pursuing her doctorate under
the professor's guidance had alleged that he sexually harassed
her and threatened not to let her finish her PhD if she did
not cooperate, the vice chancellor said.
    "This is a serious matter. To maintain students' faith
in the university as well in its teachers, the syndicate
members met today and decided to take a stern action against
him," Dave said.
    "He has been suspended with immediate effect," she
said.
    The complainant woman told reporters that she has also
decided to approach police. However, no criminal case has been
lodged yet. PTI VJA KRK KRK
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