The women students called off the protest after the management intervened.

Osmania students protest over unhygienic food and water in hostel messRepresentational Image/ SA N Subbaiah via Wikimedia Commons
news Protests Monday, October 03, 2016 - 19:40

Two hundred women students of Osmania Univeristy protested on Sunday over the poor quality of food in the hostel mess until the management was forced to replace the old stock of food ingredients and the drinking water.

On Sunday morning, the students blocked the main road inside the campus protesting against the unhygienic food and water provided to them in the hostel. They carried utensils and ingredients from the hostel mess as a symbol of their protest against the administration.

 “The room they have provided for storing the food ingredients is very congested. It has no ventilation and due to the heavy rain, all the grains got spoilt. It was full of fungus. We have seen them using those dirty grains to cook food,” said P. Vijaya Lakshmi, a student from Osmania University. 

She further added that the food items they were served Saturday night had insects so all the girls in the hostel refused to eat the stale and unhygienic food. 

 “They inspected the other three blocks of the hostel four days ago but they didn’t come to the fourth block. Only after the protest the administration and college official came to inspect and changed the food ingredients,” she claimed. 

The students called off the protest on Sunday afternoon after the administration replenished the stock of food with new ingredients. 

Shradhha, another student from the University said that it was not the first such protest and it happens every year.

 Osmania University vice-chancellor S Ramachandram was quoted in  Times of India saying, "Due to incessant rains for the past few days, the stock in the hostel mess was wet and got damaged. I agree that there was a lapse on part of the hostel mess. However, the issue has been resolved as we have replaced the damaged stock with fresh items.”

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