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Nursing college students allege harassment

Seeking justice: Students of St. Theresa’s School of Nursing presenting their view point to an official of the administration wing during the strike in Hyderabad on Wednesday.

Seeking justice: Students of St. Theresa’s School of Nursing presenting their view point to an official of the administration wing during the strike in Hyderabad on Wednesday.  

Staff Reporter

HYDERABAD: More than 250 nursing students of the JMJ College of Nursing at St.Theresa Hospital, Erragadda, went on a strike alleging harassment by the authorities here on Wednesday.

The agitating students who gathered in full strength at the hospital gates in the morning charged the college Principal with using foul language against the students and also beating some of them. “Yesterday, the Principal locked up three students and beat them up for not submitting an assignment,” they alleged.

Charges

The students sought better learning conditions and said they were denied sick leave, not given messages left by parents and at times abused in foul language by the college authorities. Efforts to contact the university too failed as they were advised to handle the problem at the college-level itself, they alleged.

With all the 250-odd students from seven batches going on strike and refusing to enter the campus, senior doctors from the hospital were trying to pacify and invite them for a talk. Principal Prakashamma tried to communicate with them through a letter but the students refused to accept it and jeered in return.

The college authorities including the Principal, however, were not available for comment.

Action sought

The city unit of United Medical and Health Employees Union (UMHEU) on Wednesday condemned harassment of nurses and tutors by the Erragadda St. Therasa Hospital affiliated nursing college’s Principal Prakasamma and vice-principal Jyothi.

Protesting against the stalking of Ms. Prakasamma and Ms. Jyothi, nurses and tutors conducted a relay hunger strike programme on the hospital premises and demanded action against them. Both the principal and vice-principal abused students and locked them in a room for improper maintenance of records and also manhandled them, said UMHEU city president Roja Rani in a press release.



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