A 52-year-old Pune college professor and Ph.D. guide, Dr. Shivaji Borhade, was taken into custody by Kothrud police for allegedly molesting and sexually harassing a female Iranian student in his college room. She had asked the professor for help on getting through a Ph.D. program in accounting.
The police believe that the student was promised a seat by him if she ‘slept’ with him. The 30-year-old Iranian lodged a FIR at the Kothrud police station against the accused. She came to Pune in December 2016 on a student visa.
Police sub-inspector Shankar Khatale told Asian Age, “The accused is a professor in Yashwantrao Mohite College of Arts, Science and Commerce, affiliated to the Bharati Vidyapith. He is a married man with two kids.”
Police say he has been arrested under Section 354 (molestation) of the Indian Penal Code.
When the student came to Pune in December 2016 for pursuing a doctorate in accounting, Pune university admissions were closed and she started looking for seats in other colleges. It was during this time that she had come across Dr. Borhade, who was ready to be her Ph.D. guide and she met him on quite a few occasions in the Bharati Vidyapith campus.
With the help of a friend, the victim lodged an official complaint on Tuesday night. The accused was then arrested by cops on Thursday. He was produced before a Pune sessions court and will remain in custody for a day.
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