SD college students call off hunger strike
A day after they began their hunger strike to protest the alleged mental torture by a hostel warden, 60 female students of SD College, Sector 32, called it off on Tuesday after the college principal assured them that the matter would be looked into.
The students were on a hunger strike since Monday to demand the resignation of the hostel warden, Usha Sahota.
Students had said that that the hostel warden had allegedly refused to make arrangements to take a girl to the hospital after she fell violently ill on Sunday. Some male students also joined the hunger strike.
College principal Bhushan K Sharma held talks with the protesters. While the warden's services was not terminated, the college principal agreed to the constitution of a four-member panel of girl students, to be formed on a weekly basis, to report the problems faced in the hostel to either the chief warden or the college principal.
In addition, the principal also agreed to permit outings on holidays, instead of only allowing them on Sunday, as they do now.
The principal also agreed to have a 24-hour dispensary inside the girls' hostel, for emergencies.
One of the protesters had alleged that the warden had been harassing them for a long time.
It's a stunt, say authorities
Authorities termed the hunger strike "a stunt" in view of the upcoming student council elections.
College authorities said that since the warden could not make arrangements to take the girl to the hospital immediately, she allowed other inmates to take the girl to the hospital.