Allahabad University Vice-Chancellor booked for ‘outraging modesty of woman’

The Allahabad Police on Monday registered a case against the Allahabad University (AU) vice-chancellor, Prof A K Singh, on charges of voluntarily causing hurt and outraging the modesty of a woman. The FIR has been registered on the basis of a complaint lodged by a male student, against whom a case had already been lodged on January 17 for allegedly manhandling the V-C during a protest.

While the complainant is not an office-bearer of any of the students' wing of the political parties, some of the student leaders, including the district president of Samajwadi Chhatra Sabha, maintained that they supported the complainant.

Allahabad Senior Superintendent of Police Mohit Agrawal said, "A case has been registered under sections 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) and 354 (outraging modesty of a woman) of the Indian Penal Code at Colonelganj police station on the complaint of Imran Ansari, a university student. The allegations will be investigated as per norms."

It has been alleged in the complaint that, on January 17, when the students of Arabian and Persian Studies Department were protesting outside the V-C's office, the latter hit them and also pushed some female students. The complainant, however, has not specified which woman was allegedly misbehaved with by the V-C.

Agrawal added that the students have lodged the complaint after an FIR was registered against Imran, Mohammad Ghulam and 40 other unidentified students for manhandling the V-C on January 17.

Apart from registration of FIR, the university had also initiated disciplinary proceedings against Imran, a third-year BA student in the Arabian-Persian Studies Department. The other named accused was an outsider.

AU PRO, Prof P K Sahu, said, "We have not yet received any formal communication from the police about the registration of the FIR as is being reported by the media. As and when we get official information, we will reply as per legal norms."

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