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‘Harass’ bow-out in JNU

New Delhi, Aug. 4 (PTI): The president and joint secretary of the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union resigned today, days after a complaint of alleged sexual harassment was filed against them.

In a statement, the union’s vice-president Anubhuti Agnes Bara and general-secretary Sandeep Saurav said JNUSU president Akbar Chawdhary and joint secretary Sarfaraz Hamid were no longer holding their offices.

“The president and the joint secretary have resigned. As per the constitution, the JNUSU vice-president will now look after the work of the president also,” said Saurav.

A member of the university’s Gender Sensitisation Committee against Sexual Harassment said the panel did not demand their resignation.

“The complaint is against two students. It doesn’t matter if they are holding posts or not. The inquiry is pending,” the member said.

The resignations come days after Chawdhary and Hamid had announced through posters that a case of sexual harassment had been filed against them with the gender sensitisation committee.

“We would like to inform the student community that a complaint… has been filed against us. We were informed of this complaint on July 24 and were shocked,” said a joint statement released by Chawdhary and Hamid on July 28.