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'Harassed' AMU girl hunts for justice

Farah Aziz Khanum has approached the National Human Rights Commission.

india Updated: Feb 11, 2006 03:27 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

Claiming that her complaints against alleged harassment for wearing a jeans and a T-shirt fell on deaf ears at the Aligarh Muslim University, a girl student of the varsity on Friday approached the National Human Rights Commission for justice.

Farah Aziz Khanum, who was allegedly harassed by students of the varsity, met the Commission Registrar Ajit Bharihoke with a plea for personal security and a directive to the university to take proper measures to prevent such incidents in the future.

Farah, usually sporting a pair of jeans and T-shirt to college, had allegedly drawn the ire of fellow students who warned her against wearing "western outfits" to college and stick to the "dress code" of the university—a salwar-kameez and a dupatta.

On February 2, two motorcycle-borne students had reportedly taken off a shawl she was wearing as a dupatta and sped away.

She claimed that the University Vice Chancellor Naseem Ahmad had initially ignored her compliant and a demand for a grievance redressal cell at the varsity.

"I have narrated the incident, actions of AMU authority, police and the students union," Farah said after meeting Bharihoke.

AMU Vice Chancellor Ahmad told reporters in Aligarh that the complaint of Farah was referred to the university authorities and assured that such incidents would be dealt with firmly.

Ahmad also regretted that a "minor incident of eve teasing was twisted entirely out of context and was used to present an erroneous impression that girl students at AMU did not enjoy any kind of freedom."

First Published: Feb 10, 2006 21:44 IST