In view of the Students For Society (SFS) protest against the ineffective Panjab University Committee Against Sexual Harassment (PUCASH), the university authorities have decided to make the committee more visible.
In a meeting chaired by PU registrar Colonel GS Chadha (retired), on July 24, it was decided that contact particulars of the PUCASH member to be approached in the event of eve-teasing and harassment should be properly displayed at girls’ hostels, Student Centre, teaching departments and other specific areas on the campus. This information should also be put on the university website, it was decided.
The committee chaired by the registrar decided that the particulars of vehicles of miscreants involved in sexual harassment be reported to the police. The parents of the students concerned should also be involved to sort out the issues, it was decided.
“A police post will be established on the south campus in Sector 25,”said Col Chadha. As per minutes of the meeting, a suitable place will be earmarked and the construction office will be instructed to use pre-fabricated huts material for setting up the post at the earliest.
It has also been decided to put up barricades and deploy more security guards at various points. “The entry to girls’ hostels should be restricted and proper enquiry of the visitors will be made,” said the registrar. The entry of outsiders will be checked, vehicles will be allowed to be parked only at the specified parking areas of the girls’ hostels and the frequency of police patrolling will be increased.
As per the minutes of the meeting, in number of security staff monitoring CCTV camera footage should be increased and they should be provided with sufficient training. PU chief security officer Jatinder Grover could not be contacted despite repeated attempts.
Protest enters seventh day
Meanwhile, the SFS, on the seventh day of the protest, organised a street play at the Student Centre to press for their demands on Monday. They are demanding that PUCASH should pursue the cases of sexual harassment and get criminal cases registered. It is also demanding for the participation of students, teaching and non-teaching staff in the PUCASH through elections like at Jawahar Lal Nehru University and also putting up of notice boards displaying information on PUCASH and helpline on the campus.
SFS president Arishdeep said: “The authorities are acting as if there is no protesting going on. There is no sexual harassment on the campus. So at such a time, we have to raise our voice at every place and time to make the deaf and shameless authorities hear.”
PUCASH is looking into two complaints of sexual harassment that took place on campus. Another complaint against SFS students protesting in front of a girls’ hostel has also been marked to PUCASH.