DCW summons Hindu College principal over girls’ hostel fee

The Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) has issued a notice to the principal of Hindu College asking her to appear before it on August 2 in regard to higher fee being charged for the institute’s girls’ hostel compared to the boys’ hostel.

The DCW said it had acted on complaints made by members of Pinjra Tod, a students’ group that advocates for women’s rights in educational institutions.

“The Delhi Commission for Women Act, 1994 mandates the Commission to investigate and examine all matters relating to the safeguards provided for women under the Constitution…the said Act empowers the Commission to seek any information, requisition of any public record or copy thereof from any office for the aforesaid purpose,” the notice, addressed to Principal Anju Srivastava, read.

Letter to UGC

DCW chairperson Swati Maliwal also sent a letter to the University Grants Commission (UGC) demanding an intervention in the matter.

The letter also mentioned how some colleges such as Delhi Technological University, Daulat Ram College and Shivaji College had cited pending issues with the UGC for unable to construct hostels for girls or ensure non-discriminatory fee.

The letter stated, “The Commission has sent several communications to the UGC in this regard. However, no response has been received on the same. In the light of the same, you are requested to kindly intervene in the matter[sic].”

Ms. Srivastava, however, denied having received a notice from the DCW. “I am not yet aware of any such notice. I will respond only when I receive it.”

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