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Protest at BHU after professor accused of sexual harassment returns

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Varanasi: Banaras Hindu University students staged an overnight protest outside the campus gate after a professor, accused of sexual harassment, was reinstated and allowed to take classes. The students have been protesting since Saturday evening, demanding that the professor be punished.

Professor S.K. Chaubey of the Zoology Department was suspended in 2018 after charges levelled by a few students. In June, the BHU executive council revoked the suspension of Mr. Chaubey. However, it censured and restricted him for taking academic classes. Mr. Chaubey returned to taking classes a few days ago.

After assurance from the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) vice-chancellor that the matter would be reconsidered and referred back to the executive council for a review, the students called off their protest, according to a press release.

“The complaint against Prof SK Chaube, Department of Zoology, by some students of the department were inquired into by the Complaints Committee.The report of the committee was considered by the executive council and a punishment was imposed on him.

“However, on the recommendation of the matter, it has been decided to refer it back again to the executive council for a review of its decision,” the BHU release said.

“Till the time, the executive council reconsiders it, Prof S K Chaube is directed to proceed on long leave,” it said.

Chaube was suspended in October last year on the charges of sexual misconduct levelled by some students of his department.

In June, the BHU executive council, the highest decision-making body of the varsity, revoked the suspension of Chaube, however, it censured and restricted him for taking academic classes.

Chaube returned to taking classes a few days ago, triggering protests, a student said.

In order to ensure prevention of sexual harassment, the university has already circulated guidelines framed under the Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal of Sexual Harassment of Women Employee and Students in Higher Educational Institutions Act, the release said.

It will be re-circulated for displaying it on the notice board of each department, it said.

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PM Modi addressed countrymen through radio program ‘Mann Ki Baat’

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the countrymen on Sunday through the radio program ‘Mann Ki Baat’. PM Modi said that the last time I spoke to you, then the passenger trains were closed, the buses were closed, the air service was closed.

This time, a lot has been revealed. Workers’ special trains are running, other special trains have also started. With all the precautions, airplanes have started flying, gradually the industry has started running, that is, a large part of the economy is now running, has opened up. In such a situation, we need to be more vigilant.

In his address he further said that in the country, the fight against Corona is being fought very strongly due to the collective efforts of all. Our population is many times more than most countries, yet Corona did not spread in our country as fast as it spread in other countries of the world.

Due to the collective efforts of everyone in the country, the fight against Corona is being fought very strongly. Our population is more than many countries, yet the corona in our country did not spread as fast as it spread in other countries of the world.

PM further said that the death rate from corona is also very low in our country. We all have grief for the loss that has been done, but whatever we are able to save, it is definitely a result of the collective determination power of the country.

In the last few days, the speed of corona virus has increased in India. Every few days, 7-8 thousand cases are coming up. At the same time, if we talk about the total infected people, then this figure has now crossed 1 lakh 83 thousand. So far 5164 people have died due to this dangerous virus in the country.

Lockdown extended till June 30, will be opened in a phased manner

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