#hokkolorob : A photostory of the on-going movement in Jadavpur University
Students, tired after a long day of protest, unwind with music, and much-needed sleep as the posters scream in the darkness. A photostory in (mostly) multiple exposure, documenting the ongoing protests in Jadavpur University at night, on the 11th of September, taken between 2am and 4am.
“On the night of 28th August, during the ongoing festival, a second year student from the Department of History, Jadavpur University, was allegedly molested inside campus premises by a group of people from the hostel, and her male friend (not a JU student), was beaten up…. On their way back, a group of hostel boys allegedly passed snide remarks which led to a scuffle, and then escalated to something bigger. While her friend was allegedly pulled away and beaten up, she was dragged into the hostel, where she claims she was molested.
She tried to get in touch with the University authorities immediately the following day(29th August). On meeting the VC, he maintained that he would need 15 days to act on the issue, and asked her to stay away from college for those days due to ‘security issues’. When told that it was his responsibility to provide security to the students, he claimed students would protest if he tried to enforce strict surveillance in the campus. The victim was not even informed of the Anti-Sexual Harassment Cell, an autonomous body that does not work under the VC’s supervision. Faced with such apathy, she was forced to lodge an FIR at the Jadavpur Police Station on 1st September.
The general students, regardless of their political affiliations, organized a General Body meeting on 3rdSeptember where a deputation to the Dean of Students was finalized. This deputation demanded the setting up of an independent investigative committee constituting external members such as a retired judge, a psychologist, a gender rights activist, a Women’s Commission member, a Human Rights Commission member, amongst others. It also demanded that the investigation procedure should be processed within 7 days, and that each and every student should be kept abreast of its proceedings…..On 10th September another GB meeting was called where the students decided to go on an indefinite sit-in in front of Aurobindo Bhavan (the main office on campus) till a public statement is issued. The VC still refused to utter a word and kept expressing absolute nonchalance.”
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