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Varsity floats anti-tease cell

Eve-teasing on and outside campus? Kolhan University is here to help.

Easing creases on foreheads of anxious parents, the state’s newest varsity has formed a grievance redress cell for girl students, honouring an old UGC guideline that mandates strict measures to counter tease torment on and near college premises.

The cell comprises six female members led by principal of Jamshedpur Women’s College Shukla Mahanty. A victim can either lodge her complaint in writing to members or inform the college representative of the committee of her ordeal. Redress will be swift, promises varsity vice chancellor Salil Kumar Roy.

“Once a student files a complaint, the matter will be looked into within three days. The committee will decide on action against a fellow student, if eve-teasing happens on campus, or seek help from the local administration or police station, if the tormentor is an outsider. Our girls won’t be put to risk,” Roy said.

The vice chancellor has already written to deputy commissioners of East and West Singhbhum and Seraikela-Kharsawan, seeking better policing patrol near colleges, especially those meant for women.

“Eve-teasing is only the tip of the ice berg as far as atrocities against women are concerned. Security needs to be increased everywhere. Coming to college is also not a trouble-free experience for girls. So, roads should be made safer,” Roy pointed out.

The varsity has also directed its 28 constituent and affiliated colleges to install closed-circuit television cameras on campuses, particularly at main gates so that tormentors can be nailed.

Students have welcomed the measures. “Eve-teasing is a nuisance most of us face daily. It is great solace that we now have people we can confide in. Who will understand our problems better than our teachers?” said Sangeeta Sinha, a second-year student of Graduate School College for Women.

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