New Delhi: After being questioned by the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) St Stephen’s college principal Valson Thampu on Thursday expressed his distress by comparing himself to Dawood Ibrahim and that he is a clown.
"I am Dawood Ibrahim that is why I am being hounded" Thampu said , over the "way" he is being "attacked" in connection with a research scholar's sexual harassment case.
Thampu told Express “I am a clown. I am clowning because the society seems completely out of place. Nobody knows what happened everyone is just assuming. All this is not going to make any difference to me and my priorities.”
“I am enjoying this game. Everyone will be disappointed when the investigation is over because I know my role in the case and the vested interests are not going to be happy with that” Thampu further said.
Adding that the media is behaving like mafia “I feel desperate about the blind society around me and the ones who are trying to malign my image as they are wasting their time” Thampu added.
There is no principal in the world like him who can withstand such “harassment”.
Taking cognizance of the complaint given by the victim last month alleging that she was molested by her supervisor Satish Kumar, the commission had last week issued summons to him and Thampu. She also accused Thampu of "shielding" Kumar, an assistant professor with the chemistry department, when the issue was brought to his notice.
Thampu is due to retire from the post in February 2016. Thampu, who has been embroiled in controversies ever since he took over as the college principal in 2008, had earlier said he would resign if "it is objectively proved that he is an embarrassment to the institution".
Controversies like allegations of forced conversion of an administrative officer to Christianity, fake degree used for his appointment, banning of e-zine for not seeking permission on content and shielding a professor accused of sexual harassment of a research scholar, have rocked the college from time to time.