The students at Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University, Lucknow (RMLNLU) continue with their protests after more than hundred female students filed a complaint against two senior administrative officers. The students continue to protect even as a Judicial Inquiry Committee was set up to investigate the matter.
The complaint filed by the students was addressed to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, in which they alleged that one senior official possesses pictures of many female students which were shot without their consent, for the purpose of blackmailing them into doing his bidding. The official had allegedly taken a video of some male and female students and was blackmailing a female student that he was in possession of her photograph in a compromising possession.
Since Monday, the classes have been suspended because of the protest. As a reaction to the protest, the authorities shut down the power as a measure to disseminate the crowd. A Sexual Harassment Committee was also formed to evaluate the situation, which came to conclusion on the initial sitting that the personal assistant of one of the accused was part of the Committee and his clerk was present throughout the proceedings.
The Committee was also asserted to be constituted in violation of Regulation 4(1)(c) of the UGC (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal of Sexual Harassment of Women Employees and Students in Higher Educational Institution) Regulation, 2015. The provision makes it compulsory to have three students in the Committee, which was disregarded.
Vice-Chancellor Prof Gurdip Singh announced that a Judicial Inquiry Committee under the RML Act has been formed to assess the matter, which failed to tranquil the students. The Committee was to be headed by former Allahabad High Court judge Justice Bhagwan Deen. However, he was replaced by another former judge, Justice Alok Kumar Singh as many objections were raised with regards to his association with the Vice-Chancellor and Registrar.
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