A Delhi University college has, in a public suspension notice, announced the name and other details of a student who was allegedly involved in a theft case, triggering a row in the institute.
A number of teachers and students of the college have criticised the move, saying there had been no police complaint in the case.
Dyal Singh College, in a notice on its website, announced that a female student has been suspended due to her involvement in a mobile theft case. The show cause notice mentions the name, course and roll number of the student.
Some teachers of the college have criticised the move, saying there had been no police complaint and the college cannot take a decision in such a case.
“This is a case of theft. So how can college committee decide who is the thief. The college cannot publically announce the name and other details of a student. This is harassment,” a teacher said.
The show cause notice said that the student had been suspended based on the recommendation of the college disciplinary committee. The notice said the student had been asked to explain why she should not be rusticated from the college. “She is requested to give a proper explanation as to why she should not be rusticated from college… failing which she will be rusticated from the college,” the notice reads.
College principal IS Bakshi maintained that the decision to rusticate the student was not final and said the college had followed all rules and that the student had been given a chance to present her case.
“The student herself has confessed that she committed the act. We have CCTV footage that establishes the same. The disciplinary committee has taken a decision, after which the student has been asked to provide an explanation. Based on her explanation the committee will decide its next step,” he said.
Bakshi, however, refused to comment on why the student’s name was made public. “That was a decision made by the disciplinary committee. I don’t know about it,” he said.
Reacting, Delhi Commission for Women chief Swati Maliwal said, “As per information, the inquiry is yet to be finalized. So giving out the name of a female student before an inquiry is over is not correct.”