Published On : Wed, Apr 3rd, 2013

VNIT students protest over alleged molestation on student by professor Sonawane


Nagpur News : A reputed engineering college- Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology witnessed some tensed moment after thousands of students gathered for a protest at administration block over an alleged molestation of a first year student by professor S.S. Sonawane.


Sources informed that on Wednesday morning, the victim was sitting with her close friend in the lawn area of the college campus when a security guard scolded her and seized her identity card. The guard handed over her I-card to Sonawane of chemical department.

Few minutes later, the Sonawane called the student in his cabin to get back her I-card. However, the girl came crying out of the room and alleged of being molested by the professor to her friends. She claimed that the professor outrage her modesty and even blackmailed her of ruining her image.

The frightened student immediately alerted her parents and friends. College sources told that the victim’s parents were about to file a police complaint but the college authorities prevented them from doing so and asked them to submit a written complaint at student council.

It was learnt that despite girl’s complaint, the professor threatened her. Enraged over this, thousands of students from first, second, third and final year protested before administration block in the night. Till late night, the students were protesting for a stern action against Sonawane but no action was taken as the Acting Director of the college is not in town.

Amazingly there is no permanent Director has been appointed in VNIT college since Professor Gokhale retired last year.
Nagpur Today tried to speak to Sonawane at his cell phone but he didn’t pick up his phone.