Scientist’s sacking spotlights sexual harassment in India

Female scientists in India hope that more academics will report sexual harassment without fear of jeopardizing their career or reputation, after a prominent biologist was sacked for allegedly harassing a staff member.

Immunologist Kanury Rao was dismissed in January from his post as national head of the Translational Health Science and Technology Institute (THSTI) at Faridabad near New Delhi. The move followed an investigation by the institute’s internal complaints committee (ICC) in mid-2017, which found that Rao “used unwelcome sexually determined behaviour” towards a junior female staff member at the institute, harassing her and interfering with her work in incidents between late 2014 and 2017. The ICC said that Rao’s behaviour violated several Indian Central Civil Services Rules, which cover public research institutes such as the THSTI.

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