India: Varsity Professor in gay sex case commits suicide

From R. Vasudevan – Reporting from New Delhi
New Delhi, 08 April (Asiantribune.com):

An Aligarh Muslim University Professor, Dr Shrinivas Ramchandra Siras, who was suspended after being allegedly caught having consensual sex with a rickshaw-puller in his campus home, was found dead at his residence on Wednesday. Police sources said that the disgraced professor allegedly committed suicide.

Dr Siras, a reader and chairman of Modern Indian Languages at AMU, was served a memo on February 9 by the office of the AMU registrar, Dr V K Abdul Jalil, under rule 403-C of the statute of the university, after a prima facie case of ‘gross misconduct’ was made out against him.

On February 19, AMU vice chancellor P K Abdul Azis suspended Siras and asked him to vacate the varsity premises. However, on April 1, the Allahabad High Court had stayed his suspension. Gay rights activists felt the action against the Professor was unfair as it had resulted in his committing suicide.

– Asian Tribune –