DDUDF writes to Prime Minister for immediate inquiry and justice in Visva-Bharati case

Darjeeling-Dooars United Development Foundation (DDUDF) , while strongly condemning the incident of sexual harassment of a Sikkimese girl student at Visva-Bharati University, has asked for immediate inquiry and also urgent justice to the victim and the affected family. It has demanded the most stringent and potent punishment to the perpetrators, so that it acts as a deterrent in future. The DDUDF in its letter addressed to the President of India (the highest authority in the Central University system), has requested for his urgent and effective intervention in this case.

DDUDF writes to Prime Minister for immediate inquiry and  justice in Visva-Bharati case

Quoting the Times of India (Calcutta Edition, dated Saturday, 30 August 2014) under the headline caption “Pressured into Not Filing Cop Complaint”, the DDUDF said if the news item is factually correct and true, then the Vice Chancellor of Vishwa Bharati University has no moral right to continue as the Vice Chancellor of a prestigious national University. “The news item very clearly denotes that the VC has been indifferent, insensitive, partial and inhuman in the handling of the entire case,” the DDUDF press release read. The forum also requests for the immediate dismissal of the Vice Chancellor if the newspaper report and the account given by the father of the victim is correct.

The DDUDF has further demanded recommendation of the Bezbaruah Committee Report, submitted a couple of weeks back to the Ministry of Home Affairs. It has also urged the President of India to make Darjeeling and Dooars a member of the North Eastern Council, so that the students are also covered under the statutes recommended by the Bezbaruah Committee in future.

The forum has also forwarded the copy of the letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is the Chancellor of the University, and Minister of Human Resources Development Smriti Irani and Chairman, University Grants Commission.

The DDUDF has also appealed to all the students of Vishwa Bharati University, particularly from the Northeast region including Darjeeling and Dooars, to remain calm and handle this difficult situation with maturity and as per the legal provisions and norms of the country.

Source: EOI

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