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Kalakshetra foundation issue: Madras HC advocate resigns from ICC member post

The Internal Complaints Committee (ICC) member of the Kalakshetra foundation and practicing advocate of Madras High Court, BS Ajeetha resigned from the ICC member post.

Chennai, April 4 (BPNS)

The Internal Complaints Committee (ICC) member of the Kalakshetra foundation and practicing advocate of Madras High Court, BS Ajeetha resigned from the ICC member post. This is following the sexual allegation that has come up against some faculty members of the esteemed institution with girl students alleging that some male teachers were abusing them.

Advocate B.S. Ajeetha of the Madras High Court who is also a member of the ICC in her letter to the Director of the Kalakshetra foundation said, “ I am disturbed at the recent developments in your institution and the response of the administration to the issues.” She further said, “ The present atmosphere in the institution and the large scale discontent of women students and staff make me to rethink whether I should continue to be an external member of the Internal Complaints Committee of the institution.”

Advocate Ajeetha in the letter to the Director also said that she had her own reservations regarding the responses made by the administration in the controversy.

She said that on the basis of these issues, she don’t want to further associate with the Kalakshetra foundation as an external member of the Internal Complaints Committee of the institute and submitted her resignation to the Director of the foundation.

In her resignation letter she said “ I don’t want to associate anymore with your institution and particularly to continue as a member of the Internal Complaints Committee and I hereby tender my resignation from the membership of the ICC and it shall come into force with immediate effect.”

Advocate Ajeetha said that she expected that better counsel will prevail in the administration and that things would be sorted out in a judicious manner which will be affected to all the affected students.

The practicing advocate of the Madras High Court has been working as a member of the Internal Complaints Committee of the institution for the past four years as a member of the Internal Complaints Committee constituted under the Sexual Harassment of Women at Work Places Act,2013.

It may be noted that several women students of the institute had leveled allegations of sexual abuse against the Assistant professor of the institute,Hari Padman, and three other staff members. Hari Padman is already arrested by the Chennai police and is under judicial custody.

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