A minor victim in the sexual abuse case is now facing social ostracism from her educational institution.
Budging under the pressure from the other residents of the college hostel where she is staying, the hostel authorities seem to have decided to evict the victim. They have already suspended her from the hostel following informal complaints from the residents.
Incidentally, the city police had arrested two persons on charge of sexually abusing the girl, a Scheduled Caste student, on Monday.
The student secretary of the college hostel said they “were not concerned about the girl and she will not be allowed to enter the hostel again. Any attempt to re-readmit the student will be resisted,” the secretary said.
A meeting of the hostel members, held in the presence of a tutor and hostel warden, had discussed the issue in detail, said the secretary.
She said the continuance of the girl in the hostel would bring ill-repute to all the other students staying there. All the members of the hostel were of the view that she should be expelled from the hostel. No person supported her return to the hostel, she said.
Though the hostel committee has not formally written to the college and hostel authorities to expel the victim, they have informally communicated the message to the authorities concerned. The committee was of the unanimous view that she should not be allowed to stay anymore, she said.
While confirming that the student was suspended from the boarding house, hostel warden said a show-cause notice would be served to her following the developments. The girl was suspended for violating the hostel rules. Her father was apprised of the developments as soon as it came to the notice of the college authorities that the student was missing. The warden had filed a police complaint too, he said.
The warden also said that the decision to suspend her from the hostel was communicated to her father. The student would be given an opportunity to explain her stand before taking a final decision, he said.
At the same time, the teacher in charge of victim’s class felt the student should be given another opportunity to return to life and resume her education.
“She was an attentive student and I don’t have any complaints against her as the class teacher. Instead of declaring her a social outcaste and isolating her, society should take steps for rehabilitating the student,” the teacher said.
“Though some students might be harbouring an ill-feeling against her, I am sure they would change their attitude if I appeal to them. When an opportunity arises, I would certainly speak out for rehabilitating the student,” the teacher said.
Budging under the pressure from the other residents of the college hostel where the 17-year-old victim is staying, the hostel authorities seem to have decided to evict the girl.