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College students sitting on strike in BHU, what’s the matter

Girl students sitting on strike in Banaras Hindu University

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Girl students sitting on strike in Banaras Hindu University

In Banaras Hindu University (BHU), students are sitting on a dharna demanding action in a case of sexual harassment.

The students had alleged sexual exploitation against the professor of zoology at BHU.

The students demand that the professor be removed from the university. For this, the students are protesting outside the BHU gate from 7 pm on Saturday.

Until the time of writing the news, neither the BHU administration nor the concerned professor has come up with any response.

This case is of October 2018 when the department went on an educational tour and the students were also involved in it. During that tour, the students accused the professor of molesting and making obscene remarks.

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In 2011-12, student leader Vikas Singh, who was general secretary of BHU's student council, told the BBC, "Around 36 students had then accused the professor of sexually harassing them during the tour." He had written a complaint to the vice-chancellor. The matter then went to the 11-member Internal Complaints Committee of BHU and the professor was found guilty. Then the matter went to the Executive Council of BHU but there they were left with just a warning. In June this year, the council has decided to reinstate the professor.

The professor suspended at the time of the complaint has now been reinstated. When the students have clearly lodged their complaint and the professor has been found guilty in the ICC, then it is not enough to warn them. The students demand that the professor should be expelled from the university.

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Vikas Singh also says that this decision has been taken after the complainants leave. Those students were in the last year at that time and till now they have gone to university after completing their studies.

The girls are sitting on a dharna all night and are going to continue it.

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