The St. Stephen’s research scholar who has alleged hushing up of her sexual harassment charges against a professor by college principal Valson Thampu, has reportedly said she was denied payment of her stipend and access to the laboratory.
Thampu has however denied the charged. The victim also alleged that when she forcefully tried to enter the laboratory in order to carry on with her research, she was locked inside by the attendant following which she had to call the police.
The research scholar had submitted four recordings with the police last week that she claimed to have made during her meetings with the principal. In the recordings, Thampu is allegedly heard pressurising the student to withdraw her complaint.
“Trust god, trust me. You have to take that complaint back. Do it today… or there will be complications. It will be out of my hands,” Thampu is heard saying in the recordings.
The principal is also heard telling the student, “Be a happy person, you are a young girl, you need to be happy. You should focus on completing your PhD thesis and withdraw the complaint or there will be complications.”
Thampu had later posted on Facebook saying the recordings were ‘mischievously edited’.