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BHU violence throws light on 3 new cases of sexual harassment on UP campuses

The violence at BHU over an alleged molestation has thrown other educational institutes in the state in the spotlight.

lucknow Updated: Sep 27, 2017 14:28 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Lucknow/Allahabad/Kanpur
Students carry out a candle light protest the lathicharge on BHU students, at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi, on September 26, 2017.
Students carry out a candle light protest the lathicharge on BHU students, at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi, on September 26, 2017. (Arun Sharma/HT Photo)

Three new cases of sexual harassment have come to light from university campuses in Lucknow, Allahabad and IIT Kanpur even as Banaras Hindu University (BHU) continues to face heat over a similar case on its campus and the violence that followed.

A UGC data says that one fourth of all sexual harassment cases in the country were reported from campuses in Uttar Pradesh.

At Allahabad University (AU), a student was expelled after a female student raised accusations against him.

The AU proctor Professor Ram Sevak Dubey confirmed that a complaint was made against a BA II student, and said the accused has been asked to report at his office on September 27.

“We have asked him to bring his parents along,” the proctor said. Professor Dubey has also written to the district magistrate and senior superintendent of police saying that he feared that some individuals might try to disturb peace on campus and create a “BHU-like situation” ahead of the students union polls on October 14.

A police case was registered against the accused at the Colonelganj police station.

The action comes barely days after university students took out a procession to support solidarity with BHU students and their demand for a crackdown on road romeos.

Prof Dubey also held a meeting with female students assuring them that they were safe on campus.

In Lucknow University, an MBA student was accused of sending objectionable phone messages to a female student, proctor Vinod Singh confirmed.

The matter was reported to the women powerline – 1090. “If required we would refer the matter to the university’s women harassment committee for further investigation,” Singh said.

“We are checking up on reports that the victim and the accused knew each other. The accused student has also shown messages in support of his claim that the girl knew him well but was now trying to avoid him due to family pressure. If true, that gives a fresh dimension to the case but we are looking into all possible angles,” Singh added.

Meanwhile at IIT Kanpur, students threatened to stage a protest if the entry of “outsiders” on campus wasn’t checked.

They are agitated over the “apathetic attitude of the Kalyanpur police and the security guards of the Institute” for not initiating action against a youth accused of passing lewd remarks while a female student was playing badminton.

The students alleged that under pressure from a local politician, police and security guards were trying to hush-up the matter.

Students claimed that despite a police complaint, no action has been initiated against the accused. However, the deputy director of the IIT-K Dr Manindra Agarwal said an FIR was registered. The accused is allegedly not a student of IIT-K.

“The accused is a resident of Nankari village close to the institute,” Agarwal said. Residents of Nankari pass through IIT-K campus. The college administration has not agreed to students’ demands of barring entry of all outsiders.

“It’s not possible, for various reasons, to disallow people of Nankari village from passing through the campus,” Agarwal added.

Circle office (CO) of Kalyanpur Police station Rajneesh Verma confirmed that a police complaint has been made against the accused, a minor.

The statement of the female student is expected to be recorded before the magistrate on Wednesday under section 164 of the Indian Penal Code.

First Published: Sep 27, 2017 14:28 IST