Trouble is brewing in Kolkata’s Rabindra Bharati University as latest reports suggest that five professors have resigned over delay in probe in an incident related to alleged harassment of one of their colleagues. According to an Indian Express report, a woman teacher was allegedly harassed with verbal abuse and casteist insults by some students. Working as an Assistant Professor in Geography department of the University, the teacher had filed a complaint that on May 20, she was abused by a group of students for nearly four hours. Peeved over the delay in the probe, five professors of the Rabindra Bharati University had put in their papers on Wednesday.
The report however, said that the ruling Trinamool Congress’ student wing, which runs the student union at the RBU has denied the allegations of casteist slurs and blamed the assistant professor for harassing the students.
West Bengal Education Minister Partha Chatterjee also visited the university and said that, “A probe has been ordered, and we want it to be completed at the earliest. Anyone found guilty will be severely punished. What happened is a matter of serious concern and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is herself looking into the matter. We could not make contact with the victim professor. I will try and contact her and make her speak with the Chief Minister.”
According to the Indian Express report, the professors who have quit are Amal Kumar Mondol, Head of Department (HoD), Sanskrit; Bankim Mondol, HoD, Political Science, and director of Bangladesh Study Centre and School of Languages; Bindi Shaw, HoD Economics; Bharati Banerjee, HoD Education, and Ashish Kumar Das, director, Ambedkar Study Centre.