DU col­leges hold elec­tions to choose ICC stu­dent rep

DNA (Delhi) - - Delhi - Fa­reeha Iftikhar fa­reeha.iftikhar@dnain­dia.net

Sev­eral Delhi Univer­sity (DU) col­leges held elec­tions for the post of stu­dents’ rep­re­sen­ta­tives on their In­ter­nal Com­plaints Com­mit­tees (ICC) panel - a manda­tory au­ton­o­mous body to deal with sex­ual ha­rass­ment cases - on Mon­day. The move comes a month af­ter two cases of sex­ual ha­rass­ment were re­ported from DU.

Two fe­male stu­dents - one from Daulat Ram Col­lege (DRC) and another from Bharti Col­lege - had filed sex­ual ha­rass­ment com­plaints against their teach­ers in Jan­uary and Fe­bru­ary, re­spec­tively. The cases trig­gered a spate of protests led by Pin­jra Tod, a women’s col­lec­tive, prompt­ing univer­sity to di­rect col­leges for an im­me­di­ate con­sti­tu­tion of ICC, each with a pre­sid­ing of­fi­cer (woman), two fac­ulty mem­bers, two non­teach­ing staff, a rep­re­sen­ta­tive from an NGO and three elected stu­dent rep­re­sen­ta­tive (prefer­ably women). It also asked them to con­duct elec­tions on March 12 and de­clare re­sults the same day.

Fol­low­ing the guide­lines, sev­eral col­leges, in­clud­ing SGTB Khalsa, Kirori Mal, Lady Sri Ram (LSR) and Shivaji col­lege held the elec­tions on Mon­day. “We have con­ducted fair and demo­cratic elec­tions and elected three stu­dents’ rep­re­sen­ta­tive,” said Ruk­shana Shroff, a fac­ulty mem­ber at LSR.

Shivaji Col­lege, in fact, elected four stu­dent rep­re­sen­ta­tives as the top three con­tenders were male. So, the col­lege in­cluded a fe­male stu­dent, who was fourth in the race. “ICC will be more ap­proach­able now. Stu­dents of­ten hes­i­tate to con­tact a teacher but with a friend like per­son in the coun­cil, they can talk about their griev­ances freely,” said Shivangi Singh, an elected mem­ber at Shivaji.

Mean­while, in DRC, while stu­dents claimed to have no in­for­ma­tion about the elec­tion, Prin­ci­pal Savita Rai said, “Only three stu­dents gave their nom­i­na­tions. So, they have been de­clared as stu­dents’ rep­re­sen­ta­tives. We did not re­quire to con­duct an elec­tion.”


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