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GU terminates prof after probe into sexual harassment allegations by colleague

Updated: May 25th, 2024

Gujarat University

A professor at Gujarat University’s political science department has been terminated following  a probe into allegations of sexual harassment and mental torture made against him by a female colleague.

The probe was initiated by the university after the assistant professor filed a complaint with the vice chancellor and the women development cell (WDC) against professor Mukesh Khatik, the head of the department. The allegations included sexual harassment, mental torture, and obstruction of her career advancement.

The probe report was presented to the executive council and the board of management of the university in their meeting on May 24. The report found substance in the allegations made by the professor.

Based on the findings, the university decided to terminate Khatik’s services. He was suspended by the university in a previous EC-board meeting.

GU professor’s allegations

The professor had alleged that Khatik had sexually harassed her and subjected her to mental torture last year. She also alleged that he had obstructed her career advancement by not approving her request for a refresher course and by harassing her under the career advancement scheme for promotion.