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NLSIU alumni take action against students protesting against sexual harassment MPNRC

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In an open letter, alumni of the National Law School of India University (NLSIU) slammed the institute for punishing two girl students who raised their voice against sexual harassment. The alumni have appreciated the courage of the girls for not apologizing and paying the fine as per the instructions of NLSIU regarding the incident.

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About 179 of them alumni have expressed their “deep disappointment” and their concern over the handling of the issue. According to sources, the accused is studying in the fourth year. He was the topper of CLAT. The letter said, “It is learned that NLSIU has initiated disciplinary action against two female student facilitators appointed under its Code for Combating Sexual Harassment for recounting the experience of a particular survivor of sexual assault by a current NLSIU student.” proceedings have been initiated.”

It further said, two facilitators reported the incident over email and on a private Facebook group of university students. He did so when requested to do so by the survivor who is not a student of NLSIU. “Specifically, the question of breach of confidentiality does not arise as there was no proceeding under the Code to deal with sexual harassment.”

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For their act of sharing details about an instance of sexual harassment, the NLSIU found the student facilitators guilty of major misconduct and under its disciplinary rules. The letter states that the fines have been directed to either issue a public apology or pay a significant monetary fine.

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“As NLSIU alumni, we appreciate the courageous and theoretical distance taken by the student facilitators. Moreover, we categorically condemn the NLSIU that the student facilitators are guilty of major misconduct,” the alumni said.

The proceedings against the students are shrouded in secrecy and the principles of natural justice are not being followed which is very unfair.

The alumni said that NLSIU should not try to suppress the voices of sexual assault survivors and those who stand in solidarity with them. The letter from alumni on this issue has created a controversy and is being discussed on social media. Meanwhile, the victim has come forward and said that the incident is shocking. She also said that it would have negative repercussions on other victims who want to come forward and speak out about sexual harassment.

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