Former students of Jahangirnagar University formed a human chain in front of the National Press Club in Dhaka on Friday, demanding action against the two university teachers for ‘sexual harassment’ on several female students and teachers. Professor Naseem Akhter Hussain, a female teacher of the government and politics department at the university also participated in the human chain. The participants in the human chain programme demanded punishment for the two university teachers and also called on the government to enforce the policy against sexual harassment. A female lecturer of the IR department on April 15 lodged a complaint of ‘misbehaviour’ and ‘sexual harassment’ against the department chair and assistant proctor, Abdullahel Kafi. A similar complaint was lodged in September, 2008 against the then dramatics department chair Sanwar Hossain Sani for alleged sexually harassing four female students of the department. The demonstrators also demanded withdrawal of the expulsion order against the students who were expelled for demonstration against Sani in 2008. Ahsan Habib Riyadh, one of the organisers, said the students who raise voice against harassment are often harassed by the university authorities. ‘But no action is taken against the real culprits,’ he added.
The New Age, 1 May 2010 http://www.newagebd.com/2010/may/01/nat.html
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