JU teacher fired over sexual harassment of student

18 February, 2021 12:00 AM printer

The authorities of Jahangirnagar University (JU) have sacked Sanowar Siraj, assistant professor of Government and Politics department,  for sexually harassing a female student of the same department, reports UNB.

The decision was taken at a syndicate meeting of the university chaired by JU Vice-Chancellor Professor Dr Farzana Islam on Tuesday night.

JU acting registrar Ramina Kaneez, also syndicate secretary, confirmed the matter on Wednesday.

About the university’s decision Sanowar Siraj said, “I didn’t get justice. It is a biased decision. I submitted some crucial documents but the authorities did not accept those.”

On September 19 last year, a 43th batch student of Government and Politics department submitted a written complaint to the department chairman bringing allegations of sexual harassment against Sanowar Siraj.

Later on September 23, the student, a resident student of Pritilata Hall, attempted suicide by taking dozens of sleeping pills at her hall room as the department authorities allegedly tried to hush up the allegations of sexual harassment against the teacher.

Then the issue of sexual harassment by the accused came to the limelight and the students of the university began protest demanding the punishment of Sanowar Siraj.