My Support To Professor Accused Of Molestation 'Heroic': Valson Thampu

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My Support To Professor Accused Of Molestation 'Heroic': Valson Thampu

St Stephen's principal Valson Thampu has been accused of "shielding" the assistant professor when the matter was reported to him.

New Delhi:  St Stephen's principal Valson Thampu, who has been under attack for months for allegedly shielding a professor accused of molesting a research scholar, today asserted that supporting the teacher is the most "heroic" thing ever done by him.

While Mr Thampu had maintained in past that the allegations against him are part of a "constructed controversy" by a few "vested interests", he had publically supported the professor earlier this week saying the complaint was a "diabolic lie".

"One of the heroic things I have ever done in my life is to have stood by Satish Kumar who was, I was absolutely convinced, framed maliciously, without any basis whatsoever, in the infamous and inhuman sexual harassment case," he said.

"I did not 'shield a harasser', instead, I stood by a disabled colleague who was being hounded precisely because he was upright and incorruptible. Had I let him down, I would have died in shame. He was being hounded worse than a deer chased by a tiger," Mr Thampu said in a Facebook post.

The girl had approached police in July last year, alleging she was molested by Mr Kumar, a Chemistry professor with 85 per cent disability, supervising her research.

She had also accused Mr Thampu of "shielding" the assistant professor when the matter was reported to him. The allegations against the principal had prompted certain sections of students, teachers and women rights group to demand his resignation.

Meanwhile, the complainant and her lawyer refused to comment on Mr Thampu's statement saying they "will take an action at an appropriate time".

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