A woman research scholar fractured her thigh after jumping off the first floor of the girls’ hostel number 3 on being attacked by a monkey at Panjab University (PU) on Wednesday. She was immediately taken to the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh.
The victim, Noor, who hails from Ludhiana and is pursuing PhD in the psychology department, said: “A monkey had been chasing me. First, it tried to attack me on the sixth floor, but I entered my room. Later, I was at my friend’s room and left it to answer the phone. When I reached the gallery, the monkey attacked me. To save myself, I just jumped off the first floor.”
Hostel warden Prabdeep Brar said the woman fell on an uneven surface, following which she was taken to the trauma centre of the PGIMER.
Monkeys can be seen roaming freely at various hostels and departments on the PU campus. In the past, too, monkeys have attacked hostellers, injured them and tore off their clothes.
To tackle the menace, the university had hired services of three langurs to chase away the monkeys. For this, the university was spending Rs 6,000 on each langur. However, the audit department raised objections on this expenditure. Calling it untenable, the auditors said it was the wildlife department’s responsibility to tackle monkeys. Following this, the services were discontinued. Now, the university has procured an ultrasound-monkey-repeller machine, which is still undergoing trial runs.
Recently, former vice-president of the Panjab University Campus Student Council (PUCSC) Snigdha Bawa and Gurjot Sandhu, president of the local unit of the National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) submitted a memorandum to the vice-chancellor on the nuisance being caused by monkeys.
Bawa said, “There have been several incidents of monkeys entering hostels. Several times, monkeys have entered rooms too, leading to chaos.”
NSUI leader Manoj Lubana said: “We expect the university authorities to take appropriate action before some big casualty takes place.”