Dalit students back professor, VC

Talawar is facing charges of soft-pedalling a sexual harassment complaint against Shivabasavaiah made by a married lady scholar pursuing research under his guidance.

Led by former Mayor R Purushothama, also a Dalit leader, hundreds of students, including girls, came together under the banner of Federation of Dalit Students and took out a rally from Manasagangotri to Crawford Hall.

Alleging that Talawar and Shivabasavaiah had been targeted because they were Dalits, the students charged Medical Education and District In-charge Minister S A Ramadas with showing undue interest in escalating the issue.

Purushothama questioned the action against Shivabasavaiah, comparing it with the cases involving Excise Minister Renukacharya and former minister Halappa.

He accused Legislative Council chairperson Vimala Gowda and MLC Bharati Shetty of bias and said that while they vociferously spoke for the woman scholar, they did not utter a word when their own partymen faced sexual harassment charges.

Later, activists of the BJP Yuva Morcha staged a protest at the same venue against the Dalit Federation’s remarks on Vimala Gowda and Bharati Shetty.

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