Vice Chancellor revokes suspension in Pavitra Bhardwaj suicide case

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Ten months after Pavitra Bhardwaj an employee of Bhim Rao Ambedkar college set herself on fire accusing the Principal, G K Arora of sexual harassment, the suspension order against Mr. Arora has been revoked as noted by a letter  from the college governing body chairman.

The letter dated 24th July, 2014 was sent by the Chairman to Mr. G K Arora. It states, “The Vice Chancellor, University of Delhi, has approved the recommendation of the undersigned for revocation of your suspension. You are requested to resume the duties as Principal of Bhim Rao Ambedkar College in place of acting Principal Dr R B Solanki with immediate effect.” 

The revocation of the suspension has led to range of protests in the University particularly among the teachers. DUTA president, Nandita Narain has vocally expressed the actions to be illegal. In a letter by the association the teachers have  stated ““We take serious note of the manner in which the chairman, has on the grave matter of Ms Pavitra Bhardwaj case, without placing the matter before the governing body, has proceeded to recommend to the Vice-Chancellor that the suspension of Dr G K Arora be revoked.”
The DUTA along with DUCKU held a candle light march  at the Arts Faculty. They also called an emergency meeting of the Executive fora  further plan of action.

On September 30,2013 Pavitra Bhardwaj, had set herself ablaze in front of the Delhi Chief Minister’s office alleging sexual harassment by G K Arora. She later succumbed to her injuries. In light of the incident Mr. Arora was suspended on October 11 by the Delhi University administration till the investigations into the case were completed by a committee headed by retired Additional District Judge B L Garg. 

[email protected]; Niharika is a journalism student. She loves new stationary, vintage collectables and the smell of expensive coffee. She can usually be found lurking between the dusty shelves of the library.

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