NHRC seeks status report in abuse case in Puducherry
PUDUCHERRY: The National Human Rights Commission (law division) has asked the Puducherry police to submit a report on the status of the case filed against Pondicherry University officials for falsely accusing a student of entering the girls’ hostel at odd hours and harassing him.
The Commission’s assistant registrar (law) in an official correspondence dated December 22 last year addressed to the senior superintendent of police, Puducherry asked him ‘to inform the commission the stage of investigation’ and submit ‘complete report by January 26’. The commission also sought reports from the secretary, department of higher education, Union ministry of human resources development and Pondicherry University vice-chancellor before the deadline, revealed the documents furnished by the commission while replying to a RTI query.
The commission received a complaint from the students of Pondicherry University alleging that S Radhakrishnan, a first year postgraduate student from the department of Tamil, was kept in a closed room naked without food for three days by university officials after he was accused of entering the girls’ hostel.
The complainants said he was tortured into admitting that he entered the girls’ hostel. However an inquiry by a disciplinary committee, constituted by the university, later found he was not guilty. A CCTV footage of the student proved he was in the university library at the time he was accused of entering girls’ hostel.
Kalapet police registered cases against faculty members of the international business department, including S Hariharan and Booshan D Sudhakar, and two others, on charges of illegally confining and assaulting the student following widespread protests from human rights activists and students.
The commission noted that a superintendent of police, who was in charge of vigilance and security wing of the university, was abruptly removed and the charge was handed over to Hariharan and Booshan Sudhakar, who had no previous experience in handling vigilance and security affairs.