The professors who were sent on compulsory retirement had approached the court. All of us complainant girls are party to the case since we do not trust the institute who never supported us. We know for a fact that the lawyer for the institute is not performing well. There is absolute lack of interest from the institute's part and we feel it is deliberate keeping in mind the history of complicity the institute's highest officials like the Chairperson Mr Partha Ghosh had, in the matter of sexual harassment by professors. Tomorrow, if the court asks for some documents which are readily available in the institute, the lawyer could refrain from providing them. For these people with power, denying us women our justice has become a hobby.
The duo say the institute's work culture is not conducive to do what's needed to address allegations against a certain group operating on campus. Many felt that the sexual harassment cases have exposed serious issues plaguing the institute for years.
In the past few months, sources say, Chakrabarti and Acharya haven't often been on the same page as SRFTI chairman Partha Ghose. One bone of contention was Chakrabarti's reaction to a CAG report. "The CAG sent a report in 2011-2012, pointing out arbitrary payment upgrades without following government rules. However, no action was taken," said Chakrabarti.
Partha Ghosh's son holds an illegal position in the institute's equipment acquiring board and this was pointed out several times by administrators as well as CAG. Partha Ghosh had called for a faculty meeting in which it was asked that a letter be signed saying that the girl who complained against rape was mentally unfit and was bringing disrepute to the institute by talking about it in public. We know this because the only professor who refused to sign that document, Late Mr Biren Das Sharma let us know the injustice that Partha Ghosh was doing to us complainants. Now, after one year of relentless fighting against harassment, we have a new Director who has been selected by a panel in which this misogynist was present. We are scared and worried.
a few victims and survivors.
5th February, 2017