Students of Banaras Hindu University (BHU) on Saturday protested against the alleged reinstatement of suspended Professor SK Chaubey. He remained suspended till the probe into the accusation against him was completed. Professor Chaubey of the Zoology Department was accused of passing vulgar comments and making obscene gestures at girl students. He returned to take classes a few days ago sparking protests. The university administration has met the protesting students to pacify them.
“He (Chaubey) was suspended till the time the inquiry report came. The highest decision-making body decided to give him the harshest punishment. The Chief Proctor, Deputy Chief Proctor and the Registrar have spoken with the students. They asked the students to discuss their issues with them,” Banaras Hindu University professor and spokesperson Rajesh Singh told reporters. “The students should stop their protest. This decision (to reinstate the professor) was taken on June 7. It’s September now. I request them to tell us anything they want, but not protest in this way,” Singh said. Students alleged they are not convinced about the university’s actions. They say they will protest till the professor is sacked and a First Information Report (FIR) is filed against him. The students alleged there are more sexual harassment allegations against the professor that should be investigated.