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Nalsar VC Faizan Mustafa reaffirms Nalsar as liberal space for open debate over sex harassment

VC Faizan Mustafa: 'Nalsar is now a liberal space and thus best suited for such a conversation.'
VC Faizan Mustafa: 'Nalsar is now a liberal space and thus best suited for such a conversation.'

Nalsar Hyderabad vice chancellor Faizan Mustafa has commented on the fallout of the open letter written by an anonymous student alleging sexual assault and harassment by another unnamed student, reaffirming the university’s commitment to “open conversation” and remaining a “liberal space”.

The student bar council (SBC) yesterday released an official statement yesterday, which called on everyone to respect the open letter author’s agency in how to deal with the complaint and cautioned against outside pressure potentially forcing Nalsar to adopt less liberal policies on campus.

After we reached out to Mustafa for comment yesterday, he also noted that the university’s sexual harassment policies were robust and involved students on a larger scale than at any other university in India.

VC Faizan Mustafa’s full statement

Prof Dhanda had joined the conversation on my behalf. There is no one better than her to lead this conversation.

We are a team.

More than punitive action the issue required larger and open conversation. We need to engage all our students in this dialogue.

Nalsar is now a liberal space and thus best suited for such a conversation.

Our policy on the subject is broader than the law of the land. It is gender neutral. Students played leading role in its drafting.

In no other law school or university in India students are involved at this scale in making regulations or rules.

We are very much on the job.

ICC [complaints committee] on my instructions has met twice in last three days.

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