‘Victim’ produces response letter from varsity director

An associate professor of PEC University of Technology, who has accused deputy director Dr A M Kalra of sexual harassment, on Saturday produced a written response from former varsity director Manoj Datta to her complaint, which said "You are advised to not complain against the Head of Department A M Kalra in future". (Kalra was the HOD of the Civil Engineering Department prior to becoming the deputy director of the university).

The Chandigarh Police, however, is yet to question the accused. The victim produced various other letters and complaints that she had written to the authorities. There was another letter signed by Manoj Datta in which he had acknowledged that the professor had complained twice in the year 2010 but had complained directly to the Information Technology department instead of the director himself. The complainant, however, maintained that she had first written to Datta.

"After this complaint, the HOD started defaming me by spreading rumours saying that I was involved in a relationship with one of my male colleagues. Due to this, even my colleague had to face problems in his family. It was very difficult to manage all the harassment that I suffered as my husband is based out of the city and I have been living alone since I joined the university in 2006."

The current director of the university, Manoj Arora, when contacted, denied receiving any complaint from the victim. "This is an old case, and I do no recall receiving any complaint since I became the director in May this year. But we'll go through the old documents and submit them, including any inquiry reports, to the police," he said. When told that the victim had written to him as well, he denied it.

The professor, earlier in September 2012, had submitted a complaint against Kalra at the public window at the city headquarters of the Chandigarh Police. However, an FIR was registered more than a year later on Thursday at Sector 11 police station.

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