BOYS THREATENING Lucknow University (LU) teachers is common. But a girl student leader doing it in full public view is a first. On Saturday, junior librarian Aparna Singh threatened additional proctor RC Tripathi publicly with dire consequences if he turned down an admission (on her recommendation) to the Journalism department. She shouted repeatedly that this admission was requested by Raja Bhaiyya, which was all the more reason Tripathi should not reject it.
She hurled used filthy words for Tripathi and according to some eyewitnesses, before leaving the place she even issued a life threat. Aparna Singh kept bragging about her proximity to Raja Bhaiyya and warned that the additional proctor and head of the Journalism department would pay a heavy price if they refused to acknowledge the request for admission.
The incident took place around 5 pm in front of the Journalism department. As Tripathi and some of his colleagues were heading towards the department, junior librarian Aparna Singh and her supporters gheraoed Tripathi and demanded that he must allow an admission she had already asked for. When Tripathi turned down her request, Singh’s assertion turned vociferous, attracting the attention of many standing near by.
According to sources, Singh wanted a candidate admitted to one of the courses being run by the Journalism department. Says Tripathi: “On Friday, this LUSU office-bearer visited my place and gave Rs 5,000 in cash and a box of sweets to my servant.” When Tripathi came to know about it, he reported the matter to proctor AN Singh. Later, proctor office called Aparna and returned her the cash and the box of sweets. She collected them and quietly left the campus.”
But in the evening when she spotted Tripathi near the department, she came out of her car and demanded him to allow the admission to her candidate. As she entered into a heated argument, proctor AN Singh also reached the spot to save Tripathi from the embarrassment. Thereafter, Singh’s supporters took her away even as she continued to sound threats. LU, however, is playing down the entire incident.
Sources in the proctorial board too did not make any commitment to take disciplinary action against Aparna Singh. “She is our student and maybe she was not in the right frame of mind at that point of time,” they said. But the incident was an eye-opener for the varsity administration who thought girl students do not misbehave with teachers and were law abiding.
But after this incident, LU should probably think over its decision of exempting girls from police verification, cried a student leader.
According to him, varsity is well advised not to differentiate between boys and girls and the rule should be common for the entire student fraternity.