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Stephen’s alumni body wants DU V-C to look into harassment case

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The Association of Old Stephanians has questioned the Delhi University’s silence in the St. Stephen’s sexual harassment case and has asked Vice-Chancellor Dinesh Singh to intervene. The reaction came in the light of a controversy that broke out in the college on Thursday, after a complaint of vandalism was filed against Devansh Mehta, a student and editor of the controversial college e-zine, for supporting the complainant.

The college authorities had filed a complaint against Devansh for “trespassing” the campus and vandalising the laboratory while he had accompanied the woman.

College principal Valson Thampu has claimed “there is lot to be read between the lines about Devansh and the sexual harassment victim coming together”, but the alumni body has condemned the principal’s act and questioned why DU authorities were silent. “Nothing has been done so far about the complaint, the victim’s guide has not been changed and her stipend not released yet. It is not the college which gives the stipend, it is the university. If there is a problem, DU should intervene. The principal is attacking Devansh instead of helping the complainant,” said Ashish Joshi, Media Coordinator for the body, a body not recognised by the college.

“Why is the V-C silent over the principal’s act of playing with students’ future? Why has the victim’s guide not been changed? We request the HRD ministry to form a committee to investigate the complaint,” he added.

Defending himself, Devansh Mehta, who had approached the High Court in April to secure a stay on a suspension order issued by Mr. Thampu for publishing an e-zine without clearance on content, called the complaint part of a “larger conspiracy”.



The reaction comes after a complaint of vandalism was filed against a student



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