Odisha records 6 sexual harassment cases in colleges

Bhubaneswar: Odisha registered six cases of sexual harassment in educational institutions while Delhi has the maximum number of such complaints in the last academic year, Human Resource Development (HRD) minister Smriti Irani informed the Lok Sabha today.

She said the University Grants Commission (UGC) had requested all the higher educational institutions to submit the annual report on cases of sexual harassment for the period April 1, 2014 to March 31, 2015.

Based on the responses of 84 universities, 75 cases of sexual harassment of women lecturers, professors and research scholars by academic heads were reported, Irani added.

Delhi topped the list with 27 cases while Uttar Pradesh had 23 cases, followed by Haryana with seven cases. Two such cases each were reported from Maharashtra, Tripura and Chhattisgarh while one each was reported from Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Kerala, Karnataka and Assam.

“UGC has reported that complaints have been received against the head of faculties of Punjab University, Jadavpur University, The Energy Resources Institute (TERI) and St Stephen’s College, Delhi,” she said.

Complaints were also reported from the National University of Educational Planning and Administration (NEUPA), the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), and two National Institutes of Technology (NITs).