In an attempt to curb incidents of sexual harassment, the Panjab University authorities are going to implement stricter measures on the campus. After 7 pm everyday, the authorities will now be barricading the gates outside the girls’ hostels and in order to beef up security, the roads behind the Arts Blocks 1, 2 and 3 will be closed from 9 pm to 5 am.
“These decisions have been taken, keeping in view security concerns of the girl students. These will come into force with immediate effect,” said Dean Students Welfare Navdeep Goyal.
On June 20, an incident of sexual harassment was reported outside Gate No. 2 of the university around 10.30 pm. The issue was reported to the Panjab University Committee Against Sexual Harassment (PUCASH), and the police filed a daily diary report against the accused.
Chairperson of PUCASH Professor Nishtha Jaswal said, “More students have been coming up to report incidents of eve-teasing. We have made a decision to install barricades outside the hostels only to ensure security of the students.”
Members of Students For Society, however, claim that according to a survey conducted by them in May this year, about 70 per cent girls faced sexual harassment on the campus.
However, residents of the girls’ hostels feel that this move is only going to impose restrictions, instead of actually solving the issue of sexual harassment. Raman, an inmate of Girls’ Hostel 3, said, “Putting barricades on the roads outside the hostel is not a solution to the problem of sexual harassment. Such restrictions will only make it inconvenient for students wishing to go out late in the night.”
As per the university authorities, the barricading will initially be done on a trial basis, and if there are any objections by the students, the issue will be reconsidered.
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