“He (Upadhyay) held my hand and insisted I should see the house. When we reached his room, he said I should come and sleep in his room,” said the testimony of a 21-year-old Fiji woman.

by Rahul Tripathi | New Delhi | 

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Among the faculty appointments that Banaras Hindu University Vice-Chancellor G C Tripathi tried to push through at a meeting of its Executive Council Tuesday was the regularisation of Dr O P Upadhyay’s appointment as Medical Superintendent of the Sir Sunderlal Hospital on the university campus. One of the EC members objected, saying Upadhyay had been convicted of sexual harassment by a Fiji court.

The order, accessed by The Indian Express, records what a 21-year-old Fiji woman, who brought the charge against Upadhyay, said in her testimony before a magistrate at Nasinu in January 2013: “He (Upadhyay) held my hand and insisted I should see the house. When we reached his room, he said I should come and sleep in his room. It was in Indian Hindi. He held my shoulder… rubbed my thighs… and kissed my cheek again.”

This incident took place on August 25, 2012, months after Upadhyay moved to Fiji on deputation as Advisor to the Vice-Chancellor of Fiji National University (FNU).

The Nasinu magistrates court convicted Upadhyay of “indecent assault”. His counsel appealed in 2014 but the High Court of Fiji upheld the conviction order.http://indianexpress.com/article/india/he-kissed-asked-me-to-sleep-in-his-room-said-fiji-woman-about-bhu-hospital-head-4864707/

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