Varanasi, September 29: Banaras Hindu University’s newly appointed chief proctor Royona Singh said that there should be no restriction on dress and alcohol for female students at the university. She is the first woman to hold the post in the institute after Professor ON Singh resigned from his post taking “moral responsibility” for the violence on the campus.
“I was born in Europe. I frequently travel to Europe and Canada. Putting a dressing restriction on girls would be like imposing it on myself. You start your day at 6 AM and end at 10:30 PM, and if you still can’t wear what you feel comfortable in, then it is a shame in this era. I find it strange when boys use the words ‘skimpily clad’. If a girl feels comfortable in what she wears, what’s their objection?” she said as quoted by the Times of India.
Professor at the university’s Institute of Medical Sciences, Royona Singh was raised in the French town of Royan for nine years in the 1980s. Also read: Will Quit if Pressured to go on Leave, Says BHU Vice Chancellor
She insisted that the university had never imposed any restrictions on women in the past nor would it do so in the future. “As far as drinking is concerned, all girls here are above 18, why should we even impose such a thought on them?” she asked.
On the question of diet, Singh said in her medical hostel it is vegetarian as majority of the girls prefer. But they still have non-vegetarian food on particular days.
The administration has assured that an action would be taken against those found guilty as soon as the concerned committee probing the recent incident of molestation comes with its report. “The Vice Chancellor has been very sensitive to female issues. He has zero tolerance to such activities. Our retired justice is conducting the probe in this matter. We will take action as soon as we get the report,” Singh said.
A number of students, including women, and two journalists were injured in a baton-charge by the police in BHU where a protest on September 23 against an alleged eve-teasing incident turned violent. An inquiry has been ordered into the violence on the campus.
The violence had erupted on the campus around last weekend after some students, protesting against the incident on Thursday, wanted to meet the varsity’s vice-chancellor at his residence.
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.
With inputs from ANI