Following protests administration forced to withdraw a recent order that barred girls from entering boys' hostel after 10.30pm
The porn clip that surfaced at Delhi's Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) has forced the administration to undertake some drastic measures. Some of them are not finding favour with the students.
House out of order: JNU administration had issued a circular banning the
entry of girls into the boys' hostel after 10.30pm following the MMS episode
in the varsity campus. File pic
Student associations in the varsity held a protest on Monday in front of the Administrative Block condemning an official circular by the JNU administration on banning the entry of girls to boys' hostel after 10.30pm following the MMS episode.
A two-and-a-half-hour demonstration had a huge gathering of students from All India Students Association (AISA), Students Federation of India (SFI) and Youth for Equality (YFE) shouting slogans like 'Moral policing down down', 'JNU mei khap panchayat nahi chalega' etc.
Student leaders demanded the immediate withdrawal of the circular issued by Chief Proctor's office. According to the JNU Hostel Rule Book which never came into effect, claim the students, the circular enforced three basic rules to be implemented. They are:
1. No non-residents (JNU) allowed inside the hostel after 10.30 pm.
2. Girls not allowed in boys' hostel after 10.30 pm
3. Boys not allowed in girls' hostel at any time (Apart from public meetings)
A delegation of the protesting students went to the Chief Proctor's office where they had a long series of negotiations with the Proctor and the Registrar for retracting the implementation of the orders mentioned in the circular.
"If these rules were never in effect, why implement them now just after the MMS clip scandal? This is a barbaric way of dealing with an issue. We won't let this happen," said Vismay Bose, vice-president, AISA. The administration had to finally take back the orders.
"There was a lot of pressure on us. We had to apply the rules after this MMS thing happened. The students, however, are not in favour of it and say they won't follow the rules, in which case we have to withdraw the circular," said a senior administration official.
Shown the door
After expelling two of its students and rusticating another for their involvement in making a pornographic MMS, Jawaharlal Nehru University on Saturday told them to leave the campus terming their reply to the show cause notice unsatisfactory. The students were issued notices asking why they should not be punished for their act after the proctoral inquiry report was submitted to the Vice-Chancellor on Friday. According to Chief Proctor of JNU, HB Bohidar, two of the three students replied. The boy in the MMS clip, Janardan Kumar of School of Languages, was missing from Tapti Hostel room.