College professor charged with Sexual Harassment
An FIR has been filed against Dr. Dhrubajyoti Kalita (Associate Professor, Molecular Biology, College of Veterinary Science Khanapara, Guwahati, Assam Agricultural University, Department of Veterinary Biochemistry) and his wife Ms. Munmi Kalita.
Reacting to an anonymous call, Child Line Guwahati and Dispur Police rescued a girl child (name withheld), aged 13 years, of Mangaldai from the residence of Dr. Dhrubajyoti Kalita.
The professor resides in Panjabari, Guwahati and the FIR has been lodged for Sexual Assault, Sexual Harassment, Cruelty, Exploitation and Unlawful employment of a ‘child’ who is a resident of a Tea Estate Area of Mangaldai, Assam.
The child mentioned that she had been working as ‘child labour’ for the last 2 years despite her mother’s unwillingness. However, owing to their poor economic status, she was compelled to work. In the house of her employers, she was made to do all the household work and was, repeatedly, mentally and physically assaulted by them. According to her, she was underfed and was disallowed to keep any contact with her mother. She also said that whenever his (Dr. Dhrubajyoti Kalita) wife was away, he would ask her to massage him.
The case was reported to UTSAH (Universal Team for Social Action and Help) and the FIR has been registered at Dispur Police Station. Investigation is currently underway.
In the case registered, Dr. Dhrubajyoti Kalita and Ms. Munmi Kalita are liable to be imprisoned for over 5 years and this can also attract major penalty.
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