Sexual Harassment and Eve- Teasing in the 3rd best National University of India – Banaras Hindu University: Response of the administration..
None whatsoever….The students have been protesting continuously since the last 32 hours, against the increasing incidences of sexual harassment and molestation with girls in the BHU campus. The apathy of the administration is completely apparent in the inability of the respected vice-chancellor Mr. G.C. Tripathi to meet the protesters. The administration’s conditions are that the students should return back to their hostels, and then the negotiations would start. The students refuse to agree to such conditions and are demanding for the VC to come and meet them at the protest site.
A girl was allegedly molested and harassed by three men outside her hostel at 6 pm on 21 September on the eve of the Prime Minister’s visit to Varanasi. When she went to file a complaint against the crime, the administration’s response was to question her back and tell her that it was wrong for her to be out at 6:00 p.m. The student, shocked at such a treatment by the administration decided to stage a protest. The protests have continued from 21st September to date but the administration has failed to give a satisfactory response to the protesters. Some of the people support the protests but others have started character shaming the girls saying “shaving off her head was a publicity stunt”.
The biggest question is..why the conditions have deteriorated so much leading to the inability of the administration to tackle such problems as sexual harassment and molestation with the girls in their own campus?
Jab bachegi nhi beti, tab padhegi kaise beti?