Gorkhas Condemn harassment against Sikkim student at Vishva Bharati, Shantiniketan

Gorkhas all over India condemn sexual harassment on Sikkim student in Visva-Bharati University, Shantiniketan seeking justice for the girl.


All Manipur Gorkha Students Union (AMGSU)
All Manipur Gorkha Students Union (AMGSU) strongly Condemns the very unfortunate incident metted out against the 1st year Arts student of Sikkim, studying at Visva-Bharati University, Shantiniketan- WB. According to the victim, She was sexually assualted by 3 of her seniors, they also took her photographs and threaten to circulate them if the incident was disclosed. Also it was very disheartening to know that the university authorities had dis-couraged the victim’s father from lodging an complain with the police. Also we would like to request Prime Minister Narendra Modi ji, who is also Chancellor of the university, to personally look into the matter so that justice will not be denied to the victim and take very strict and firm actions with the accused seniors so that such type of incidents does not occur again in future. Sd/- Prateet Pradhan Information secreatary, AMGSU

GJMM President Shri Bimal Gurung
I join everyone here in Darjeeling in condemning the horrific incidence and ordeal that a 1st year student from Sikkim had to endure at Vishva Bharati, Shantiniketan. It is highly reprehensible that a young student from the hills was not only stripped but also blackmailed by her seniors at one of India’s most revered institutes – Vishva Bharati. I am not only shocked, but being a father of a daughter myself, I am deeply hurt at the pain and anguish the girl and her father had to experience, due to the callous and demeaning attitude and the complete lack of empathy shown by the Vishva Bharati authorities in dealing with this heinous crime. It pains me to note that Vishva Bharati – an institute which was founded with highest of ideals by Gurudev Rabindra Nath Tagore has today not only failed to protect a young scholar, but the university authorities have in fact traumatized her further. Children from our hills travel across the nation to acquire quality education, and their safety and security is the responsibility of the concerned university authorities. This incidence has given us reason to question the safety and security of our students who are currently studying at Vishva Bharati. I am hopeful that the Hon’ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the Chancellor of Vishva Bharati, will take proper steps to ensure that justice is delivered. I on behalf of the people of Darjeeling extend my support to the young student, and assure her that we stand by her, in her quest for justice.

Chief Minister Shri Pawan Chamling I am deeply saddened to hear about the unfortunate incident of physical harassment of a girl from Sikkim studying in the highly esteemed Visva Bharati University. The disgrace and the pain inflicted on the innocent girl are unacceptable and deplorable. We strongly condemn this shameful and brazen act of her seniors. The State Government will do whatever it takes to secure justice to the girl and her family so that their reputation and dignity are not tarnished. We have zero tolerance towards such heinous acts as Sikkim is a holy land where our women and daughters lead highly dignified and respectful lives. I request all the concerned authorities of Visva Bharati University and the Government of West Bengal to take appropriate action for speedy justice so that the dignity of the girl and her family are redeemed. The State Government is confident of assistance and cooperation from the concerned authorities.

SS Ahluwalia, MP, Darjeeling

I condemn the horrific molestation of a Sikkimese girl by her seniors within the campus at Visva Bharati University, Shantiniketan. I will take up this matter not only with HRD minister Smriti Irani but also bring it to the notice of the Hon’ble President of India who also holds the post of Visitor and Hon’ble Prime Minister, who holds the post of Chancellor, Visva Bharati University. I would also seek justice for victim, her family and urge that the strictest action against the erring individuals.

PD Rai, MP, Sikkim

I strongly condemn the horrific harassment of the woman student from Sikkim at Vishwa Bharti University in Shantiniketan, West Bengal. It is highly shocking that such a renowned institute has failed to provide a safe environment for its women students. The callous attitude of the university’s authorities towards the victim and her father, as reported widely by the media, is deplorable. I have spoken to Shri Anupam Hazra, my colleague in Lok Sabha from Bolpur Constituency where the University is located and he has assured that local authorities will take strictest action against the perpetrators. The university has already expelled three students and has also registered an FIR. We will work jointly to take up this matter at the highest level to ensure that speedy justice is delivered to the young Sikkimese woman.

Gorkha Janmukti Vidhyarthi Morcha
The Gorkha Janmukti Vidhyarthi Morcha has protested against the heinous case of Sexual harassment faced by the 1st year student from Sikkim.
Speaking to Darjeeling Chronicle ViMo Executive member Sanjeeb Subedi Chhetri said, “it seems like Visha Bharati has forgotten the ethos and principals set forth by Gurudev Rabindra Nath… we stand by our cheli [daughter/sister] and we assure her that the entire Gorkhali students from all over India stand in support of her…”
The ViMo executive committee is expected to raise this issue with the highest authority in the nation.

Recent Development
Following the protest Visva Bharati University in West Bengal has suspended four of its students after a Sikkim’s girl student alleged that her seniors ragged and stripped her. The Visva Bharati university authorities have lodged a police complaint against four persons, including three students, in connection with the alleged sexual harassment of a girl student.

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According to news reports, the three students were arrested by Kolkata police late Saturday night. The three accused are namely – 1. Anirudhha Karmakar. 2. Arindam Giri and 3. Masum Ashikiko. The fourth culprit is an outsider and is yet to be arrested.

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