Lucknow, October 13: In yet another incident raising concerns about safety of girls on the Banaras Hindu University campus, a female student was allegedly harassed by three bike-borne youths inside the premises on Thursday evening. The incident occurred when the student was on the way to her hostel after visiting a market in the vicinity of the university.
The three miscreants reportedly slapped the girl on her head. But she could not identify the trio as the incident happened so suddenly, the Hindustan Times reported.
A search was carried out on the premises during night, said university’s chief proctor Royana Singh. “Each bike carrying three persons was checked. But unidentified miscreants couldn’t be traced,” she said.
Protest erupted in the university in September demanding safety for girls inside the varsity premises. A number of students, including women, and two journalists were injured in a baton-charge by the police after a protest against an alleged eve-teasing incident turned violent in BHU.
The protesting students were demanding round-the-clock security, making security personnel accountable for untoward incidents targeting girls, CCTV network and proper checking at the gates, recruitment of women security guards and setting up of a gender sensitisation panel.
On October 5, another girl student lodged a police complaint accusing a student of assaulting her. The BHU administration suspended the student.
Former BHU Vice Chancellor Girish Chandra Tripathi came under fire for his alleged mishandling of student protests. He went on an indefinite leave.