Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Day after audio leak, college teacher detained for 'luring' girl students

Day after audio leak, college teacher detained for 'luring' girl students

Tamil Nadu governor Banwarilal Purohit, the chancellor of Madurai Kamaraj University to which the college is affiliated, set up a committee to look into what he described as reports about "immoral happenings" in a college. The final-year students had accused Ms. Devi of promising them good marks in their semester examination, academic progress and also money in return for undertaking some "urgent assignment" assigned to her by "the higher officials of the MKU".

Amidst high drama, the Aruppukottai Town Police picked up assistant professor Nirmala Devi of Devanga College here on Monday evening on the charge of attempting to traffic four girl students of the institution.

Hours after a complaint was lodged by the college and a women's association, police questioned the lecturer at her home and detained her.

In the audio clip, Devi is heard talking to a student about an "opportunity" and about things students have to do "secretly" for a senior university official.

"It is important to enquire into such matters immediately and without prejudice so that the guilty do not escape without punishment", the Governor said.

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District superintendent of police M Rajarajan said they will find out why she tried to lure the girls and who else is involved. Earlier, as the issue led to an outrage with the lecturer's remarks being perceived as suggestion of sexual favour, the State government and opposition parties lashed out at her.

She can't explain everything, she says, but adds she's "sure (that) - being smart people - you will understand what I am saying". They expect college students to get things done... "It is necessary to expose that person and the administrators of Kamaraj University who indulged in the abominable act", he said in a statement.

When the students refused to acquiesce to her proposition, Nirmala Devi asked them to not be hasty and take a few days to think it through. I don't know if you will tell your parents or not.

Fisheries Minister D Jayakumar told reporters in Chennai that such "black sheep" can not be allowed and assured that the government will take action against her. "So we cannot offer any favour for the students as claimed in the audio", he said, alleging that there could have been a conspiracy over the circulation of the audio clip. Devi is an assistant professor in the mathematics department.

Retired IAS officer R. Santhanam, who held several key posts before retiring as the chief secretary to the government, will probe into the controversial 19-minute audio clip, which brought to fore the scary scale of corruption and depravity existing in the higher education system in the state.

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