MLSU Prof threatens to end life over ‘harassment’
Udaipur: A harassment complaint cum suicide threat by an assistant professor from Biotechnology department, alleging harassment by a senior, has left the staff, faculty and students of Mohanlal Sukhadia University (MLSU) in a tizzy.
The teacher alleged discrimination at the workplace claiming that he was under severe stress and is being forced to take an extreme step like ending his life soon. The message was addressed to the vice chancellor, registrar, dean and SC/ST cell. Sensing the seriousness of the matter, a committee is likely to be constituted to make a proper enquiry on the message.
The assistant professor, Dr Teekamchand Dakal, forwarded the message on social media which spread like fire. Though Dakal hadn’t mentioned the name of the senior in the message, however, later speaking to media, he confided that the HOD of Biotechnology department, Prof Rajesh Dubey had been the cause of his stress and was interfering with his official projects and putting unwanted restrictions. The teacher said that he had two projects in hand, one by the department of Science and Technology and other from the UGC. However, Dr Dubey was creating hurdles in taking the projects ahead.
Meanwhile, MLSU vice chancellor Prof JP Sharma said, Dr Dakal was sick and under stress and this wasn’t any serious issue. There is nothing like discrimination. On the other hand, when asked for a clarification, Dr Dubey said that he was shocked himself after reading the viral message on social media. “All the allegations are false, I have worked with Teekam and in fact encouraged him in his academic endeavours,” he said.
However, on Thursday, Dr Dakal posted another message on the social media refuting both the VC and Dr Dubey: “Dr Dubey harassed me, discriminated (against) me. I have evidences which I can present to the committee for necessary action. It seems that hon’ble VC is not taking this matter very seriously and trying to cover up this matter, which has also hurt me. I am very clear in my statements and I have full faith in university administration but if university administration does not resolve this with seriousness, I will have to take (the) step as mentioned in my first message. I will not step back and fight until the end of my life,” read Dr Dakal’s message.
Meanwhile the university registrar H S Bhati said that the matter is being taken seriously and soon, a committee would be constituted to hold an enquiry.