Harassment Allegations: Removal of HOD Community Medicine at GMC Sonipat Recommended
Chandigarh: Charges of harassment lodged against the Head, Community Medicine, BPS Government Medical College for Women, Khanpur Kalan, Sonipat by five women lecturers and a Kashmiri MBBS student have led the Haryana State Commission for Women to recommend - removal.
State Women’s Commission, Chairperson, Pratibha Suman on Wednesday said, “The panel will recommend the removal of Dr. J P Majra from the institute. We will submit our report to the Chief Minister and Vice Chancellor of Pandit Bhagwat Dayal Sharma University of Health Sciences, Rohtak (to which the college is affiliated) for action against Dr. Majra.”
Chairperson, Ms. Suman, on Tuesday visited the college along with the Womens' Commission team.
She said the Kashmiri woman has alleged that on the pretext of shortage of attendance Dr. Majra subjected her to harassment.
“She alleged that he did not allow her to appear in the semester examination in December 2017, because of which she lost an academic year. The five lecturers have accused Dr. Majra of passing objectionable comments and harassing them, threatening to spoil their Annual Confidential Report,” added Suman.
Professor Majra has however, dismissed the allegations saying, “The Kashmiri student, like 20 others, could not appear in the examination because of attendance shortage. I was pressurized to fabricate her attendance to 70 percent, which I could not do. Her attendance shortage was reported to College Director, P S Ghalaut. Her college fee amounting to Rs 1.5 lakh is also pending,”
However, the State Women's Commission, Chairperson, said the Kashmiri student had revealed that she was short of attendance in one subject only.
Speaking on the allegations made against him by the 5 lecturers, Dr. Majra said that he had reported their absence from duty to the director and they feared action. “So, they have levelled false allegations against me,” he added.
College Director, Mr. Ghalaut refused to comment saying that since the matter was being looked into by the women’s Commission, it would be inappropriate on his part to comment, reports Express news service.