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Who is Prof Tapan Mohanty of NLIU Bhopal facing sexual harassment charges?

Who is Prof Tapan Mohanty of NLIU Bhopal facing sexual harassment charges

Ground Report | New Delhi: Who is Prof Tapan Mohanty; More than 100 students from the National Institute of Law University (NLIU) reported that the dean, Prof. Tapan Ranjan Mohanty, has been sending obscene messages and videos.

Some of the student leaders had approached Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan with the complaint about the whole issue on Friday and acting accordingly, Chouhan ordered the Director-General of Police to investigate the matter.

Professor Mohanty, who has been working at Bhopal Law College for the past 23 years, is accused of calling girls to meet him alone and also sending them obscene videos and texts on their mobile phones. The students who raised the issue stated that they have all the tests on their cell phones.

On the complaint of the victim girl students, the university management investigated the matter and Prof. Considering Mohanty guilty, he had sought his resignation Some of the female students came forward during the gherao and said that Professor Mohanty used to pass them lewd comments as well as send them indecent messages and Videos on WhatsApp.

The students said they had saved screenshots as evidence against the professor. NLIU faculty and staff members were present on campus when the students demanded his resignation and charged him. VC Prof Vijay Kumar asked Prof Mohanty to resign immediately after which he submitted the documents.

Professor Mohanty denied the charges and said few people with vested interests are using the students. For the last 2 years we are running online classes, so how can I harass them? They harass and use pressure tactics,” he added.

A video of students meeting Mohanty in his room has gone viral. It supposedly shows the students demanding his resignation. He keeps saying “this is not done”, to which the students respond: “Sir, what you did for the last 20 years, was not done”.

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Mohanty says, “Just give me some time.” The students say, “We’ve given you enough time. Please leave right now… Very respectfully, sir, please leave.” Mohanty said that some people were attacking him. “Students are being influenced by those people. I have been working with NLIU for 22 years. I don’t understand what happened to the students. Some people are after me and want to ruin my life,” he said, claiming that some students “threatened” him. “Since I was scared, I had to resign. Then I realized that I shouldn’t resign because I haven’t done anything wrong. I am ready to face any investigation,” he added.

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has also ordered senior officials including the DGP and the Bhopal Police Commissioner to investigate the allegations against Professor Tapan Ranjan Mohanty.

The Chief Minister said, “bad behaviour” with boys and girls will not be tolerated and if necessary the matter will also be discussed with the Chief Justice of India and the High Court.

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