Published: 15th July 2022
DU: Associate professor suspended for 'sexually harassing' female colleagues
Many teachers from the college said that there have been several cases of sexual harassment levelled against the accused associate professor
Delhi University (DU) on Thursday, July 14, suspended an associate professor of College of Vocational Studies for allegedly "sexually harassing" several female teachers, sources said.
The decision came after the governing body of the college recommended his suspension in a meeting on Wednesday, July 13. The suspension of Manmohan Bhasin was approved by DU Vice-Chancellor Yogesh Singh, sources privy to the matter said, as stated in a report by PTI.
However, Bhasin said he has not received any such suspension letter. "I have not received any suspension letter as of now, so I have nothing to comment about it," Bhasin said when PTIcontacted him. An associate professor at College of Vocational Studies (CVS) said that there have been multiple cases of sexual harassment against Bhasin. The governing body constituted an Internal Complaints Committee (ICC) after three female teachers — one from Ramjas College and two from CVS — had filed sexual harassment cases against him. "He started interfering with the investigation of the cases and was also abusing and misbehaving with the teaching and non-teaching staff. That is why the governing body decided to suspend him," a professor (who wishes to remain anonymous) said.
On June 25, the governing body of the CVS censured Bhasin and debarred him from holding any administrative position in the college till further order. "His (Bhasin's) explanation has been found dissatisfactory, the misconduct committed by him stands established. As resolved by the Governing Body of the college, the minor penalty of censure is hereby imposed on Manmohan Singh Bhasin. You are also debarred from holding any administrative position in the college till further order," a notice by the college read. "Manmohan Singh Bhasin is further advised to desist himself from such activities in future and observe Code of Professional Ethics of Teachers in his conduct," it added.
In March, the National Commission for Women (NCW) wrote to Vice-Chancellor Singh regarding a complaint lodged by a teacher of CVS, accusing two of her colleagues of intimidation, harassment and abuse. The NCW had asked the VC to send an action taken report at the earliest.