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Girl students insecure on Pondicherry varsity campus

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | KAVYA M
Published Apr 16, 2018, 6:50 am IST
Updated Apr 16, 2018, 6:50 am IST
The students allege that the attacks against students are increasing day by day.
Pondicherry varsity
 Pondicherry varsity

Puducherry: The girl students of Pondicherry University find the campus insecure following continuous attacks against the students mainly by outsiders.

The students allege that the attacks against students are increasing day by day and it is being proved that Pondicherry University is an insecure campus for students.

 

Assault, molestation and threat against girl students are on the rise where in most cases, outsiders are being accused as the culprits The latest victim of the series was a first year girl student.

Two men in A motorcycle inappropriately touched the girl while she was heading towards the hostel on Wednesday night. 

Though the police have arrested the accused, the students say that this alone won’t help when there are serious lapses in the security system

“Nearly three months ago a girl student was attacked by motorcycle borne men inside even in the presence of security personnel.  Outsiders are still roaming around the campus though authorities claim that they have strengthened the security measures. 

 

Security officials are often busy finding fault with the students instead of taking measures to stop such unfortunate incidents”, said a Post- Graduate girl student of the university. It was in November last year a male student from Odisha was allegedly sexually harassed by a gang on the campus. 

The boy, pursuing first year master’s degree in Sanskrit, was walking by Sarvapally Radhakrishnan hostel when he was stopped by four men on two bikes who abducted him and sexually harassed him. “Students from other states are being targeted in most cases. The outsiders who are roaming around the campus have a good relationship with security personnel and even with the staff of the University. Only some of the incidents are being reported while in most cases students are afraid to go ahead with a complaint “, said a student on condition of anonymity.

 

The Madras High Court in November 2017 had directed police protection to the university premises to avoid any untoward incident while hearing a petition of the student of the University. 

At the same time the University administration says that they are taking all possible measures to ensure safety of the students, including the installation of more CCTV cameras inside the campus “Now we have CCTV cameras in the university gates and the administration is planning to install more cameras in all vulnerable areas. We are also planning to enhance the security by increasing the number of officials and ID card inspection is being followed thoroughly before entering the campus”, said K. Mahesh Assistant Registrar (Public Relations) of the university while talking to DC.

 

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