Students have been protesting since September 1st. These hostellers returned post lockdown to the Mata Kasturba Gandhi Girls Hostel in the North campus. However, the 25 outstation students have been denied entry to the hostel. The reason for the protest is the eviction from their rooms.
The authorities didn’t let the students re-enter the hostels when they returned after the relaxation of norms. The students have accused the authorities of serious allegations of harassment. One of the few students who are protesting is Priyanka Kashyap, a student of the faculty of law. She said that according to the new guidelines, inter-state and intra-state travel is permissible. The students have returned to give their entrance exams as many they have trouble accessing online classes. Due to poor connectivity, it is difficult for students to attend online classes and materials from home.
Students demanding re-entry were stopped by the authorities by asking them to vacate their rooms. However, the students claim that no official notice came to their consideration on vacating the hostel. For the time being these students are left with no option but to live with their relatives.
Ever since the protest has started, cases of intimidation by the authorities have been reported by the students. They accused the management of ill-treatment. However, the allegations are clearly denied by the hostel manager.
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One of the students alleges that the lack of facilities and improper management is the reason behind not allowing the students to enter the hostels. She said that the authorities were even planning to give to the hostel to private players.
Moreover, the students strongly say that they won’t stop protesting until their demands are met. Priyanka Kashyap added that the reason for the protest is justified, thus terminating it won’t be an option.
On the other hand, an arrest memo is issued against the students who are protesting by the Delhi Police. These students have also charged the police of forcing them to vacate the hostels. The girls claim that they asked help from the Delhi Police but have not received any update from their end. Some said that the police misbehaved with them. Karan Rana, SHO Mukherjee Nagar discarded the allegations by terming them baseless and inaccurate. He added that the decision is taken by the hostel authorities and the police cannot intervene in it.
Rajnish Kumar, general secretary of Harijan Sevak Sangh informed that a notice was released by the authorities which clearly forbids the students to not return to the hostel due to COVID 19 pandemic. He said that the uncertain situation made most of the students leave the campus. The remaining ones were allowed to reside in the hostel till June. These students were asked to leave as per District Magistrate’s (DM) order.
The core committee discussed and decided not to open the hostels till the situation gets under control. He claimed that the hostel has not allowed re-entry since that day. When these girls came back, the general secretary told them the situation, however, they refused to comply with the orders.
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