Dhaka-A court of Dhaka on Thursday framed charges against Mahfuzur Rashid Ferdous, an Associate Professor of Ahsanullah University of Science and Technology (AUST), in a case filed on the charge of sexually harassing female students.Judge Shafiul Azam of the Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal-2 of Dhaka framed the charges fixed November 15 to start recording the depositions of the witnesses.
Professor Ferdous at the university’s Electrical and Electronics Engineering (EEE) Department, was arrested from a Ramna flat on May 4 following complaints made by several students. Five female students testified against Ferdous who was also an assistant proctor of the university at that time.On May 8, police claimed that the teacher confessed in court admitting his involvement in harassing students. The university sacked him the next day amid protests of the students. A former student of the university, Mahfujur Rashid joined the EEE Department as a lecturer on May 19, 2001. His wife is also a teacher of this university.-Special Correspondent