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Now, female squad to provide security to BHU girls

The Banaras Hindu University (BHU) administration is set to constitute a female squad for the security of girl students on the campus.

lucknow Updated: Sep 27, 2017 14:53 IST
HT Correspondent

The Banaras Hindu University (BHU) administration is set to constitute a female squad for the security of girl students on the campus.

The decision was taken after divisional commissioner Nitin Ramesh Gokarn on Monday asked the BHU vice-chancellor Prof Girish Chandra Tripathi to constitute a female squad comprising at least 25 personnel to provide foolproof security to girls.

The divisional commissioner has also asked the BHU administration to install CCTV cameras at all girl hostels and various locations on the campus.

“Money for installation of CCTVs on the BHU premises will be made available from the establishment funds of the Varanasi Development Authority (VDA). If more funds are required for the purpose, it will be allocated from Nirbhaya Fund,” Gokarn said.

District magistrate Yogeshwar Ram Mishra had also written to the BHU registrar on Monday asking for adequate security to girl students.

After discussing the issue with the BHU VC, Gokarn asked VDA vice-chairman Pulkit Khare to ensure installation of CCTV cameras at the earliest.

He said no compromise would be made on the security of girls. As many as 22 hostels out of 80 are for girls.

Meanwhile, the district administration has asked the BHU authorities to decide a colour different from khaki for the uniform and badge of the security personnel at the university.

“Putting on uniform similar to that of UP Police, BHU’s security personnel often misbehave with commoners. It tarnishes the image of the UP Police,” SSP RK Bhardwaj wrote to BHU registrar Neeraj Tripathi.

“Wearing uniform similar to that of UP police is against the provision of the Private Security Agencies (Regulation) Act 2005,” he said.

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Violence broke out on the BHU campus on Saturday night after a group of students, including girls, staged a demonstration in protest against an incident of eve-teasing.

The protesting students were cane-charged by the police. The BHU VC, however, denied use of force on the girls and blamed outsiders for violence. He said groups of girl students from Delhi University and Allahabad University instigated BHU students against him and the violence was a part of a conspiracy hatched by his detractors.