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Editor’s clarification on Nalsargate and the problems with talking about sexual harassment

Editorial note: After publication of Monday’s report entitled Nalsargate exclusive: The inside story of a secret report and the quest for excellence, a flood of Nalsar Hyderabad alumni came out in force to support Nalsar’s dean of academic affairs Amita Dhanda via telephone and email.

After detailed conversations about their concerns, Legally India would like to set the record straight: at no point did we intend for any implication to arise about the legitimacy or otherwise of any charges of sexual harassment. While we believe that the alleged sexual harassment is a valid part of the back story that illustrates the fraught relationship between the two most important staff on campus – the vice chancellor Veer Singh and Dhanda - putting it into the context of an institutional power struggle is all too often used as an excuse for dismissing such complaints.

We do not wish to exacerbate a situation about which not enough can be conclusively determined from a Times of India report, or to discourage anyone else from filing similar complaints in academic institutions or elsewhere. We have therefore edited the earlier version of the story in respect of a number of references to the personal dispute between Veer Singh and Dhanda, which should be settled between them according to established procedures.

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