Teachers, Students Approach Delhi HC as JNU Disbands Sexual Harassment Watchdog Body

A writ petition was filed asking for quashing of the order against the Gender Sensitisation Against Sexual Harassment (GSCASH), that the University proposes to replace with an Internal Complaints Committee.

New Delhi: A section of JNU teachers and students today approached the Delhi high court challenging the varsity administration’s decision on disbanding the Gender Sensitisation Against Sexual Harassment (GSCASH) and forming the ICC (Internal Complaints Committee) instead.

The administration had in its 269th Executive Council meeting held yesterday ordered for dissolution of the GSCASH, an independent body.

Ever since the administration announced the decision in a circular that was issued a week ago by the registrar, the students and teachers were up in arms against the move.

The circular had also ordered for putting on hold polls for electing student representatives to GSCASH.

However, the petitioners, three teachers and three students – professor Madhu Sahni, professor Rajat Dutta, professor Hemant Adlakha, and Ritika Kar, Rituraj Sharma, and Sonam Goyal – today approached the Delhi high court by filing a writ petition with the help of a legal team led by Indira Jaising, senior advocate, Supreme Court.

The petitioners have sought quashing of the office orders super seeding the GSCASH by the ICC and the registrar’s circular putting elections to GSCASH on hold, JNUTA president Ayesha Kidwai said in a statement.

As an urgent application, the petitioners have asked for a stay on the operation of the super session order and a direction to JNU to preserve all records of GSCASH from 1999 till date in consultation of GCASH.

“They have also asked for the court to allow the elections for student representatives scheduled for September 22 to be held in accordance with law,” the statement said.