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Thursday, September 9, 2021

    City residents unhappy over Assam police’s inaction against high profile accused

    GUWAHATI: Numbers of child rights activists and city residents on Friday expressed concern over the Assam police’s inaction against high-ranking accused Prof (Dr) JS Patil, the erstwhile vice chancellor of National Law University and Judicial Academy Assam (NLUJAA).

    Notably, an FIR against Dr Patil was filed under sections 294 (obscene acts in public), 354A (sexual harassment of women) and 509 (Word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), alleging that he had exposed his nudity to the neighbour’s female family members.

    Director of Judicial Academy, Assam & North Eastern Judicial Officers’ Training Institute, Aparna Ajitsaria, AJS, was appointed as the interim Vice-Chancellor of the NLUJAA.

    Ajitsaria had taken charge as the vice chancellor of NLUJAA on August 3.

    The development had taken place after Patil stepped down during in the wake of sexual harassment allegations against him.

    Taking cognizance of the Police’s mysterious silence, child rights activist Miguel Das Queah said, “We are worried for one reason, since the accused is a high-ranking individual, he may influence the investigation. So, we urge the police to provide security assistance to the victims so that they are not threatened and forced to step back from their accusation.”  

    Queah further said, “I also appeal the human rights activists to extend support and solidarity to the victims so that they do not feel alone.”

    Earlier, the Student Bar Council of the University had also written to the Chief Justice of Gauhati High Court, who happens to be the Chancellor of the University, seeking Patil’s removal.


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