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Drunk PU girl creates scene, varsity mulls strict action

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, March 17, 2013
First Published: 21:36 IST(17/3/2013) | Last Updated: 13:36 IST(18/3/2013)

Taking serious note of the wayward behavior of Vidisha Bhardwaj, 21, a final year student of the University Institute of Engineering and Technology (UIET), Panjab University (PU), who created a ruckus outside her hostel, number 8, in an inebriated condition late on Saturday evening, university authorities have decided to put in place stringent rules to deal with such students.

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Dean students' welfare (DSW) Dr AS Ahluwalia said that he had instituted an inquiry committee and the parents of the girl had been summoned from Jaipur. He added that there was a possibility that the girl might be expelled from the hostel.

Vidisha is a student of electrical engineering at the institute. Station house officer (SHO) of the Sector-11 police station, Gurmukh Singh, said, "The girl's medical report has confirmed the presence of alcohol in blood, and we are preparing a report that would also be given to PU authorities on Monday."

Reportedly, Vidisha not only abused the PU security staff, but also allegedly slapped women police constables, called in by the PU authorities after they had failed to handle her. The police registered no case and have only sought disciplinary action. They handed over the girl to PU authorities after conducting a medical examination. 

"Legally at this age both boys and girls are allowed to drink, but nuisance created shall not be tolerated. At the time of varsity fests, chances of such an incident are high. We shall be chalking out rules for departments holding fests," said Dr Ahluwalia. HT tried to contact Vidisha on her mobile and even sent two messages, but got no response.

The incident
The incident had happened on Saturday evening, when the girl students had permission for late-night entry into hostels owing to UIET's annual cultural fest 'Goonj'. The PU security had spotted Vidisha sitting by the road leading to hostel number 8; around her were seen a couple of male students. The security personnel informed Dr Ahluwalia, who reportedly told them to handover the girl to the hostel warden. But Vidisha started abusing the security staff, who then called the police.

Later, sub-inspector (SI) Usha Rani and officiating hostel warden Dr Gurmeet Kaur took Vidisha to hospital for medical examination. PU authorities tried to get the phone number of her parents, but all the numbers she gave turned out to be wrong. The authorities on Sunday morning retrieved her records and called up her parents to inform them of the incident. They have been summoned to meet the authorities.

Insiders speak
Insiders informed that Vidisha, along with her friends, had come drunk to the campus. After her friends had left, Vidisha had kept sitting outside the hostel. It is there that the security staff spotted her and the ruckus unfolded. The authorities would be questioning her regarding her friends on Monday.   

Experts speak
Prof Rajesh Gill, chairperson of sociology department said, "Alcoholism is very common among girls now. We are heading towards times when actions would not be gender determined, and anyone would be doing anything. Counselling is much required in such cases. Also we must understand that each case is distinct and needs to be handled differently. We need to teach children to say 'no' and not succumb under peer pressure or other pressures and take to drinking etc".

Pam Rajput, director of the women resource and advocacy centre said, "I personally don't approve of girls indulging in such acts. We believe in empowering women, but that should be in the right direction. Earlier, PU had a counsellor, but somehow no counselling sessions are held now. Interaction is very important to avoid such incidents from occurring".

Police speak
UT IGP R P Upadhayaya said, "I have enquired into the matter and the girl did not slap any woman constable; she was just trying to break free when they were taking her to the hostel. A medical examination was performed, following which she was handed over to PU authorities for necessary action. No case has been registered as the girl was not in her senses and also none of our staff had got injured".

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