BHU chief proctor resigns, takes ‘moral responsibility’ for incidents of molestation, violence on campus

BHU chief proctor ON Singh submitted his resignation letter to vice-chancellor Girish Chandra Tripathi late Tuesday night.
Students of the Banaras Hindu University protest the molestation of a student on the campus, in Varanasi on Saturday.(PTI File Photo)
Students of the Banaras Hindu University protest the molestation of a student on the campus, in Varanasi on Saturday.(PTI File Photo)
Updated on Sep 27, 2017 12:38 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Varanasi | By

In the wake of the violent protests that erupted at the Banaras Hindu University (BHU), chief proctor Prof ON Singh “taking a moral responsibility” of the recent incidents of molestation and violence inside the premises of the university, submitted his resignation late on Tuesday night.

BHU spokesperson Dr Rajesh Singh said that prof submitted his resignation to Vice Chancellor Prof GC Tripathi who accepted it.

It is to be noted that ON Singh was considered to be one of the aides of the vice-chancellor.

BHU case developments

Early Tuesday, the National Human Rights Commission issued a notice to the chief secretary, Uttar Pradesh DGP and BHU vice-chancellor seeking a detailed report on the matter

The NHRC move came after Uttar Pradesh cabinet minister Shrikant Sharma asserted that a judicial inquiry has been initiated in the BHU case.

A number of students were injured when clashes broke out between the police and students of the BHU after the students started protesting against alleged molestation of a girl.

The victim alleged that security guards at BHU and the chief proctor did not take her complaint seriously, though she lodged a complaint with the proctor.

The proctor however claimed that he listened to the complaint and took action required.

Earlier on Tuesday, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) issued a notice to the chief secretary, the director general of police Uttar Pradesh and the BHU vice-chancellor seeking a detailed report on the matter and submit his response within four weeks.

The NHRC, in its statement, said, “Suo motu cognisance taken in the subsequent use of unwarranted manhandling and thrashing of agitating students, mostly women, by UP police.”

The development came a day after Uttar Pradesh cabinet minister Shrikant Sharma asserted that a judicial inquiry has been initiated to probe in the BHU violence case.

(With agency inputs)

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