MP hostel caretaker who strip-searched girls to check for periods suspended

The caretaker of the hostel of Madhya Pradesh’s Dr Hari Singh Gaur Central University has been suspended a day after the warden allegedly ordered her to strip search girls to find who was menstruating.

As many as 40 students were body searched on Friday after a used sanitary napkin was found lying outside a bathroom in the New Rani Laxmi Bai Girls Hostel.The girls filed a complaint with the vice chancellor of the university on Sunday, “The warden, Professor Chanda Ben, in a fit of rage ordered the care taker identified as Indu to check the girls to find who was menstruating,” their complaint read.

The vice chancellor then visited the hostel and assured the girls that strict action will be taken if the warden and the care taker are proven guilty.

Some student bodies are demanding her removal from the chairmanship of GSCASH as well.

Chanda Ben was unavailable for comments but it is learnt that she refuted all allegations to the vice chancellor and said that she just scolded the girls.

“I was at my residence on Sunday when around 35 girls came to meet me and gave a written complaint in which they alleged that were made to strip. I felt sorry for them, following which I visited the hostel and constituted a high level fact finding team to get into the base of the issue as some students said that the warden had not instructed the care taker to strip the girls,” Professor RP Tiwary, the university’s vice chancellor said.

Student organisations including the Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and the National Students Union of India (NSUI) have meanwhile threatened to rally and not allow classes to take place if immediate action is not taken.

The students have also announced a symbolic protest that is scheduled to take place today evening and have threatened to go on an indefinite strike by Tuesday if any punitive action is not taken against Professor Chanda Ben.

The warden professor Chanda Ben is with the Hindi department is also the chairman of the university’s gender sensitisation committee against sexual harassment.

 

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