JU teacher sacked for sexual harassment

Published : 17 Feb 2021 11:51 PM | Updated : 18 Feb 2021 12:02 AM

Jahangirnagar University (JU) authorities sacked Sanowar Siraj, assistant professor of Government and Politics Department of the university for sexually harassing a female student of the same department.

The university authorities took the action on Tuesday night through a syndicate meeting chaired by JU Vice-chancellor Professor Farzana Islam.

JU acting register Rahima Kaniz confirmed the matter to the Bangladesh Post. 

Earlier, on September 19 in 2019, a master's student of Government and Politics department had brought an allegation of sexual harassment against Sanowar Siraj and filed a written complaint to the department. 

Later, the complaint was transferred to the anti-sexual harassment cell of the university.

During the investigation, the probe body headed by Rasheda Akhter, chief of the anti-sexual harassment cell of the university, found the allegations to be true.

Meanwhile, holding a press briefing at Jahangirnagar University Press Club (JUPC) office on Wednesday noon Sanowar Siraj claimed, “I didn't get justice. It is a biased decision for political influence. I am a scapegoat of political revenge”. 

“The total number of members of the anti-sexual harassment cell of JU is six; three of them are from Anthropology department. The chief, Prof Rasheda Akter herself, is a faculty of Anthology department and a syndicate member, who can affect executive decisions. Therefore, there is a huge chance of biased judgment. The cell has been used against me for political purposes. I have submitted some crucial documents but the authorities did not accept those”, he added.