College in Delhi rusticates student over social media posts on Army

FB posts triggers fury among other students, action taken after they held protest

Updated - February 20, 2019 07:41 am IST

Published - February 20, 2019 01:39 am IST - GURUGRAM

A Kashmiri student at Shree Guru Gobind Singh Tricentenary (SGT) University was rusticated on Tuesday for circulating controversial posts referring to alleged atrocities of Indian Army on Kashmiri civilians.

Slogans against Pakistan

The decision to rusticate the student was taken after hundreds of students of the university assembled on its campus in the morning and took out a march raising slogans against Pakistan and seeking action against her.

The woman allegedly shared the controversial posts on her Facebook account late on Sunday night and the messages soon spread to other university students through different social networking platforms. The second-year student of an allied medical course at the university had been staying in the hostel.

The information also reached the local police.

Peaceful protest

SGT University spokesperson Rajnish Yadav told The Hindu that the agitated students gathered inside the campus around 9 a.m. seeking action and the peaceful protest went on till noon.

“The students were not ready to accept any action lesser than her rustication. A four-member committee was immediately constituted to look into the issue. The woman was found guilty of posting anti-national messages and was, therefore, rusticated,” said Mr. Yadav.

The committee comprised director, academics; dean, students’ welfare; dean, allied health sciences and registrar.

Single-page order

“We received a memorandum from the students of the university on Tuesday regarding the anti-national post...the university will not tolerate such type of indiscipline in the campus and hence it has been decided...she has been rusticated from the university with immediate effect,” read the single-page order.

The family and local guardians of the student have been informed.

Mr. Yadav, however, said that no formal complaint was given to the police in this connection.

In presence of cops

Around two-dozen policemen and the SHO of Rajendra Park police station were present during the protest march.

“The policemen were present in view of the protest march to prevent any untoward incident. The march passed off peacefully. We have not received any complaint against any student posting controversial posts,” said Gurugram Police spokesperson Subhash Boken.

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