Blot on Wilson’s face
One thing which is a fact and not an allegation in the latest Wilson College controversy is that a 65-year old Professor was paraded on the streets with a blackened face. The Professor has been accused by a student of making sexual advances. The second thing which is a fact is that the college authorities have rubbished the allegations.
As Rashmi Bansal says, “The truth can be found, if you look hard enough. The question is, can we hold up to the mirror to ourselves and acknowledge the ugly side of human nature?”
While it’s quite probable that NSUI involvement is political, and it’s possible (maybe not probable) that the allegations are false and have been made to malign the college and the professor, what has been particularly shocking is the insensitivity of the college authorities towards the complainant.
Wilson College’s been in news due to sexual harrasment earlier too. That incident led to suicide. One would have expected the college authorities to react with sensitivity to the latest complaint. However, the college authorities have neither learnt a lesson, nor do they have the basic sensitivity to extend some support to the complainant.
“The students involved are not even from our college. They are fabricating stories about a man who has worked here for 27 years. Every lady professor here can vouch for his integrity” said the Vice-Principal P Parkar. Without letting us know whether he has even looked into the matter (whether a fair trial has been held), the Vice Principal has said, “The administration stands firmly by Athawle and the allegations are totally false”
It’s good that the college is standing by Athawle in his hour of public humiliation. They should condemn the vigilantes who blackened his face. They should also state that the allegations haven’t been proven and that the man deserves a fair trial.
However, making a statement that the allegation is false is sticking your neck out while ridiculing the woman in her hour of need. This is while the Police Commissioner himself has said that there is some prima facie evidence against the professor. When will the coilege learn?