Even as the ragging complaint against a second-year student in Pondicherry University was withdrawn, the Students Federation of India’s Central Executive Committee has strongly condemned the sexual harassment, ragging and intimidation of girl students at the University.
On September 30, two girls filed a complaint against a second-year student alleging ragging and sexual harassment with the Vice Chancellor Chandra Krishnamurthy, the Registrar and the Anti Ragging Committee.
The Anti Ragging Committee then set up a subcommittee to enquire into the matter.
According to Director of Studies M. Ramadass, who heads the Committee, the subcommittee findings revealed that it was “not a case of ragging, and the complaints did not come under any of the definitions of ragging.” It was actually a fight between two groups of students.
Subsequently, on Friday, the two girls withdrew the complaints that were made to the university, professor Ramadass said.
Meanwhile, the CEC of the SFI has strongly condemned the incident. According to a statement, “When the girl complainant approached the Vice-Chancellor with her grievance, she was discouraged from filing the complaint – the VC’s prime “concern” was that the “reputation” of the institution would be spoiled.”
It condemned what it called the “insensitivity” of authorities, alleging that this was “one of the prime causes” for the continuing instances of sexual harassment on the campus.
Demand for panel
The SFI also demanded that the university take steps to ensure the setting up of the Gender Sensitisation Committee Against Sexual Harassment (GSCASH).
“It is appalling that 16 years after the Supreme Court laid down binding directives regarding formation of committees to deal with sexual harassment and in spite of the recent law against sexual harassment in workplaces, GSCASH has not been formed in most Central Universities,” it said.