BHU il­le­gal res­i­dents be­hind trou­ble: NCW

DNA (Delhi) - - INDI - Am­rita Mad­hukalya am­rita.mad­hukalya@dnain­

In a re­port be­ing sub­mit­ted to the Min­istry of Women and Child De­vel­op­ment in the com­ing week on sex­ual ha­rass­ment and en­su­ing vi­o­lence at the Be­naras Hindu Univer­sity (BHU), the Na­tional Com­mis­sion for Women (NCW) has said men who are not stu­dents of the univer­sity, but are liv­ing on the cam­pus il­le­gally, have caused a lot of trou­ble.

Speak­ing to DNA, NCW chair­per­son Rekha Sharma, who was part of the team who went to the univer­sity, said the NCW has now rec­om­mended that Chief Proc­tor Roy­ana Singh sub­mit a list of stu­dents to the se­nior su­per­in­ten­dent of po­lice to en­sure that out­siders can­not stay in hos­tels.

“In our in­ves­ti­ga­tion, we saw that a lot of problems were cre­ated by men liv­ing il­le­gally on the cam­pus. A thor­ough­fare that runs in­side the cam­pus al­lowed any­one to come in. Be­cause of an en­try to a nearby hospi­tal and a tem­ple in­side the cam­pus, the se­cu­rity would al­low any­one to en­ter. We rec­om­mended that th­ese gates be manned by se­cu­rity who ask for ID cards of ev­ery­one,” said Sharma.

Sharma added that af­ter the ini­tial in­ves­ti­ga­tion, when the NCW chief de­clared that VC Girish Chan­dra Tri­pathi was re­spon­si­ble for not lis­ten­ing to the stu­dents ini­tially, Tri­pathi wanted his side of the story to be heard. “In a long phone con­ver­sa­tion, the VC said he wants to de­pose in front of us, and we agreed. How­ever, he never showed up, and sent the Chief Proc­tor and Regis­trar in­stead, and we had al­ready spo­ken to them,” said Sharma, adding that the NCW will now sub­mit the re­port with­out the VC’s ver­sion.

She added that the NCW has asked the univer­sity to en­sure that there is uni­form time for stu­dents of both sexes, and that to en­sure that chil­dren have ac­cess to the li­brary af­ter hours, the e-li­brary be equipped.

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