A student at a college affiliated with the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) was asked to leave the girls hostel after she showed “tendencies of homosexuality and indiscipline”. The undergraduate student of the Mahila Maha Vidhyalaya has not been asked to leave the college though.
However, the college authorities said that the first-year BA Honours student had to be suspended as she had been harassing her other students in the hostel. “Around 16 boarders had given me in writing that the student was harassing them and scaring them with her activities and indiscipline. The student was also threatening fellow boarders with suicide if they did not yield to her demands,” Assistant professor and chief coordinator of the five hostels in the college, Neelam Atri said.
A professor who is also a member of the institute’s disciplinary committee said that the girl had to be suspended to maintain peace and discipline as she was “showing tendencies of being homosexual”.
Meanwhile, Neelam Atri dismissed any such charges homosexuality saying and termed the disciplinary action as an internal matter. “There is nothing like this… students alleging this want to bring the university a bad name. This is an internal matter,” she said.
It has also been reported that the parents of the first year student were called to the college last week and were told she should get treated for the “disease””.
“The student used to threaten to harm herself if her fellow boarders did not help her out with her homework or other such things… She is not well. She has been depressed and had tried to harm herself. So, we asked her family to show her to a good doctor… We told them that if she recuperates, she can return to the hostel,” she added.
A professor at the college said that they had got written complaints from other students as they felt uncomfortable around her. “The tendencies she was showing were at a nascent stage. We cannot really pin-point if it is really homosexuality. But we had to suspend her to maintain peace and discipline in the hostel. Students submitted written complaints to us saying that her behaviour was making them uncomfortable. We asked the students to adjust but when the complaints kept coming over the last few weeks, we had to take action.” the professor said.
(Source: The Indian Express)
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