Students of Banaras Hindu University (BHU) have launched a sit-in protest against the reinstatement of suspended Professor SK Chaubey, who has been alleged of sexual harassment.

The students began the protest on Saturday night, demanding Chaubey’s dismissal. Carrying placards, the student shouted slogans against the BHU administration. The varsity’s administration, however, stated that the professor was currently censured and could hold no post of responsibility.

Chaubey was reinstated after looking at the report submitted by the university’s internal complaints committee, the top officials of the university said. They told the protesting students that the professor has been censured and this action will go into his service record. Chaubey returned to taking classes a few days ago, sparking protests. The university administration has met with the protesting students to pacify them.

BHU Registrar Neeraj Tripathi said, “He was earlier suspended but is now censured. The matter will again be taken up to BHU’s highest decision-making body.”

“The Vice-Chancellor had taken cognisance of the complaint and suspended him. An inquiry committee later filed a report and  BHU’s highest decision-making body censored the Professor. He can neither hold a post of responsibility in BHU nor attend any event or apply to any other college or university.”

The students had complained that during a tour to Pune in October 2018, Chaubey had body shamed some of the girls and had passed lewd comments. The students lodged a complaint against the professor after returning from the tour. The BHU administration set up a committee to probe the allegations after which the professor was suspended. The committee which based its reports on statements of the students, found Chaubey guilty.