Madras high court stays suspension of Pondicherry University’s ‘ragging victim’

Written By kom nampultig on Jumat, 08 November 2013 | 07.20

PUDUCHERRY: Madras high court on Friday stayed the suspension of a girl student at Pondicherry University, who had lodged a complaint of sexual harassment and ragging against a senior boy student.

While granting the interim stay, justice KK Sasidharan observed that this was a case where the complainant was made an accused at a later point of time. The judge pronounced that there shall be an interim stay on the impugned order dated November 1 as far as the petitioner, M Kavya (first year MA mass communication), is concerned.

The court directed Pondicherry University not to ask the girl students to vacate the hostels. "It is made clear that none of the girl students who are suspended must be sent out of the hostel," the justice said.

The court directed the university registrar to submit to it all records relating to the inquiry conducted into the issue and posted the case to November 15 for further hearing. The petitioner's counsel, Stalin Abhimanyu, told TOI that other six suspended students would also seek legal remedy in the course of time.

Meanwhile, the health condition of Kavya, who has been on an indefinite fast seeking the university to revoke the suspension of seven students including her, deteriorated on Thursday night and a doctor shifted her for treatment to government general hospital in the presence of police officials. She called off the fast after the high court stayed her suspension orders on Friday evening.

Pondicherry University, which probed into the ragging and sexual harassment complaints lodged by Kavya and T Vidya Appukuttan, first year MA (English), against K S Sreejith alias Jiththu, second year MPEd, suspended the two complainants and the accused student for six months (next semester, from December 2013-May 2014).

The varsity also suspended for next semester the accused student's friend M Aneesh, first year MPEd, and the girls' supporters -- N C Monu, first year MA (Mass Communication), PV Abhijith and B Abhijith, first year MA (English), Rony Paulose, second year MSc (Electronic media and communications), and K Jyotish, third year MSc (physics five-year integrated course) — who launched the anti-ragging protests on the campus.

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