A lecturer from Hyderabad Central University was detained by the Gachibowli police in Hyderabad on Saturday for allegedly attempting to molest a foreign student. The alleged sexual assault and beating of a Thai student by the professor happened within the school on Friday night. In the early hours of Saturday, the victim student complained to the Gachibowli police station that the professor had tried to sexually assault her and had battered her when she refused.
“She alleged that the professor had been sexually harassing her for quite some time,” the police official said, quoting the complaint. “A case has been registered under Section 354 (assault with an intention to outrage the modesty of a woman) against the professor. An investigation into the matter has also been launched,” police said.
According to one of the students, the university students had a weekend party on campus on Friday night which was joined by some faculty members. “During the get-together, the professor made an attempt to molest the Thai student and she resisted,” said the student.
She immediately brought the incident to the notice of the students’ union leaders, who tried to alert the university authorities by raising a complaint, but there was no response, claim the students. “All through the night, the students protested demanding action against the professor, but there was no response by the authorities,” he said.