As the #MeToo movement boosts strength across the country, with women describing their anguish of sexual molestation on social media, the National Law University Delhi (NLUD) has found itself in its embrace. After various girls enclosed their accounts on Facebook— which have now been deleted — the university has taken measures to address the issue, said officials.
Last week, various women aspirants took to Facebook to write their accounts of being molested by male aspirants of the university. After the accusations surfaced, NLUD V-C Ranbir Singh sent an email to all aspirants and faculty, saying that he have been made aware of the appearing accounts of sexual molestation… It disrupts the most fundamental and admired values that the University stands for… he, therefore, deeply anxious by these accounts and taking measures as exploratory steps in responding institutionally to the issues that have arisen.
NLUD Registrar G S Bajpai said the university has set up a 9-member internal complaints committee (ICC) and assigning a coordinator to assist in the implementation of UGC (Prevention, Prohibition and indemnity of Sexual molestation of Women Employees and Aspirants in Higher Educational Institutions) Regulations 2015.
Bajpai added that they have also nominated an aspirant as ‘gender champion’ for advertising gender equality. NLUD has also established a committee of faculty members which will recommend measures to address issues of molestation. “The university is also considering appointing mental health professionals with ability in providing counselling services to survivors of sexual assault,” added Bajpai.