The university had suspended ten students for "preventing officials from discharging their duties and verbal assault."

University of Hyderabad puts suspension of 10 students on hold after protestFile photo
news Controversy Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 12:33

The University of Hyderabad (UoH) on Saturday said it had decided to keep the suspension order of ten students in abeyance, after the latter group appealed to the Vice Chancellor.

The university had suspended ten students for "preventing officials from discharging their duties and verbal assault."

"The 10 students who have been been suspended at the University of Hyderabad have appealed to the Vice Chancellor. He has decided to refer the matter to the appellate authority, the executive council (EC) scheduled to meet on December 2, 2017. Pending consideration of their appeal, the university has decided to keep the suspension order in abeyance until the matter is disposed by the appellate authority. Pending the EC decision, the suspended students would be permitted to appear for the end semester exams provided they meet the normal academic requirements," a press release from the university stated.

It all began on the night of November 3, when a hostel warden and deputy chief warden, along with security guards, raided the men’s Hostel-J in the university. The raid was conducted after a reported tip-off that a girl was staying at the hostel, which is against the guidelines of the administration.

Irked by the move, students gathered at the spot and accused the authorities of moral policing. The administration alleged that the students then turned off the lights and physically assaulted the officials.

Following the protest, a committee was formed, which suspended three students for two years and the rest of the students for a period of six months.

A student from the Gender Sensitisation Committee Against Sexual Harassment (GSCASH) had also been suspended.

“Normalcy should be restored to the campus. UoH is the first university that punished an elected GSCASH representative for doing her duty on the night of the incident,” Students union president P Sreerag was quoted as saying.  

Students have also dismissed the university's claims.

"The allegations of manhandling is a complete fabrication. There was about ten security guards present throughout the scene and also the Telangana police reached the hostel in no time. There was no complaint made to the police at the spot about any manhandling, neither were the wardens taken to any hospital or health center. The manhandling complaint is completely fabricated to target the students. There were verbal arguments but no foul language was used," the students said in a press release on Monday.

 

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