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Campus safety:immediate measures ; Seven member committee to give suggestions

The Calicut University has asked seven member Head of the Departments (Hods) to submit an urgent proposal for curbing the campus violence and maintaining a peaceful environment in the campus.

Vice Chancellor Dr.K.K. Muhmammad Basheer presided over the function.

‘Women in the campus have to pursue their studies fearlessly.The free and safe stay in the campus should be ensured for girls.’-said the V.C.

More illuminating light posts will be installed in the campus.

The committee will study the chances of installing new security gates,the team will visit the campus in the night hours and examine the possibilities for providing more street lights.

The committee members are :Dr.Muhammad Musthafa (Physics), Dr.K.K.Geethakumari (Sanskrit), Dr.A.B.Moitheen Kutty (Arabic), Dr.V.P.Sakeer Hussain (Physical Education), Dr.L. Thomasukuutty (Malayalam), Dr.Nagendra Srinivas (Russian) and the convenor of the committee is Dr.K.Gopinathan (Phylosophy)

In a latest development,  around 600 girl students of the varsity campus  have sent a memorandum to Governor and Chancellor P Sathasivam seeking his intervention to ensure their safety on the campus. The students in their petition alleged that despite various complaints being lodged with the university authorities and police on acts of harassment and physical violence and atrocities they were being subjected to, no action has been taken by the authorities against the perpetrators of these criminal acts.

Tenhipalam police of late have registered cases against 25 students of Calicut University’s department of physical education for allegedly misbehaving with girl  students of other departments during a cultural festival on December 1

The girls have, in their complaint to the varsity, alleged that the physical education students barged into the venue of a cultural festival organised by students from Lakshadweep and disrupted the event. They also misbehaved with the female students who were going back to their hostel.  At the same time, Resmith K. R., 1st Year BPE, Student, in his complaint to the university authorities alleged that he was ragged by a group of students of other departments and some SFI activists during the Lakshadweep program held on the campus  on December 1.

The DPE authorities have  suspended 44 of their students in connection with the incident. The DPE students are also on the path of agitation against the suspensions. They have blockaded the administrative block of the university and demanded the revocation of the suspension of the students. They have alleged that there was a deliberate attempt  to isolate the DPE students and all charges against them were intended to malign them.

The  girl students belonging to the Psychology, Botany and English departments have also submitted complaints to their department heads alleging harassment and misbehaviour on campus. The girl students allege that they  have been repeatedly facing harassment from physical education students and from miscreants entering the campus during the last one month.

“There have been many incidents of fire crackers being thrown at girl students. A student of the Botany department was grabbed by a miscreant near the indoor stadium. Those who resist are threatened and showered with abuses. Our repeated demands that the varsity authorities enhance security near the women’s hostel and restrict entry of people into the campus fell on deaf ears ” the students in their complaint said.

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The University Level Anti Ragging Monitoring Cell, while considering the grave situation of unrest and trouble unleashed on the campus by some miscreants,  at its meeting held on 03.12.2015, resolved to forward the complaints to the respective HoD’s and direct to ensure that appropriate action is taken as per the UGC anti-ragging regulations in force and Kerala Prohibition of Ragging Act, 1998.  The meeting also directed the HoDs to  forward an interim report immediately and a detailed report within one week regarding the ragging incident happened in the campus with copy of FIR for onward transmission to the UGC. However, it is reported that HoDs are not empowered to conduct enquiries into the complaints as criminal charges are involved in the cases and the complaints should have been forwarded to the Police then and there for investigation.

Seven girl students meanwhile on December 3 filed a petition to the UGC anti-ragging cell that two motorbike borne male physical education students had thrown crackers at them and made abusive gestures towards them. The UGC has viewed the situation in the University very seriously and has sought an urgent report duly signed by all members of the anti-ragging committee of the university for further action. Terming the complaint as extremely serious, Dr. Archana Thakaur, Deputy Secretary, UGC Anti-Ragging Cell in her letter on December 3  to the university has alleged that the authorities are not cooperating in resolving the matter and that the issue has been escalated to the UGC for further action and has sought an urgent report from the varsity.

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In a latest development,  around 600 girl students of the varsity campus  have sent a memorandum to Governor and Chancellor P Sathasivam seeking his intervention to ensure their safety on the campus. The students in their petition alleged that despite various complaints being lodged with the university authorities and police on acts of harassment and physical violence and atrocities they were being subjected to, no action has been taken by the authorities against the perpetrators of these criminal acts.

Giving a serious twist to the turn of events, the Kerala State Human Rights Commission (KSHRC) has registered a suo motu case into the complaints of harassment raised by girl students of the Calicut University campus. The commission at its sitting held at Tirur has directed the Calicut University Vice Chancellor and the Malappuram district police chief  to submit a report on the action taken on the issue within 21 days. Commission member  K Mohan Kumar said that the Commission would take stern action on the complaint of the girl students on the harassment they are subjected to on the campus after getting the reports considering it as a grave offence.

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