Protests in Chennai after professor caught luring students into prostitution

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The assistant professor working for a decade was suspended by the college authority the last month after the students complained about her alleged doing with and audio clips of her. Referring to the "big official", Devi is heard promising that students willing to take up the task will get favours in academics, marks, and financial benefits "in a bank account". Members of All India Democratic Women Association along with students staged a sit-in protest in front of the college pressing the college authorities to file a police complaint on the incident that happened in mid-March.

The assistant professor of the autonomous college was finally arrested from her house after she locked herself when the police reached there.

Following a report submitted by the Madurai Kamaraj University over the matter, Governor Banwarilal Purohit, also the Chancellor of state run universities in the state on Monday announced a "high powered inquiry" by retired IAS officer R.Santhanam.

"If Ms. Nirmala Devi's claims (about university officials) are true, then it has to be brought out at whose behest she was acting and who are those "very powerful" people she is talking about", he said. "It is important to enquire into such matters immediately and without prejudice so that guilty do not escape without punishment", the statement said.

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"There have been widespread reports in the press and social media about certain immoral happenings in a college in Aruppukottai, in which references to Madurai Kamaraj University have also been made", he said.

In the audio clip that was circulated widely on WhatsApp and Facebook, she is heard promising students "good support financially and academically".

The state's Fisheries Minister D Jayakumar told reporters in Chennai that such "black sheep" can not be allowed and assured that the government will take action against her. Philosophy professor Kerry Cronin told her students to ask someone out on a date, where it didn't involve alcohol or physical contact.

Police sources said Nirmala Devi completed her graduation from Devanga College itself and did her research in MKU. "Since a teacher who has to impart education has tried to spoil the life of the students, the probe into the matter should be handed over to the CBI under the supervision of the high court", he said in a tweet.

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