JU teachers-stuents protest sexual abuse on Pahela Baishakh

JU teachers-stuents protest sexual abuse on Pahela Baishakh

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Teachers and students of Jahangirnagar University on Wednesday held a rally on the campus protesting the sexual assault on a female indigenous student of the university by several Bangladesh Chhatra League Activists (BCL) during the Bangla New Year celebrations on April 14.
They urged the university administration to speed up its investigation into the matter and ensure punishment to the alleged offenders.Organised by Indigenous Students’ Association at the university’s Shaheed Minar, various other organisations, including Bangladesh Garo Chhatra Sangathan (Bagchhas), Adibasi Jubo Parishad, Pahari Chhatra Parishad, Madol, a music band formed by indigenous students, and Jono Udyog, also joined the rally in solidarity with the demand.
Speaking on the occasion, Anthropology Department Assistant Professor Rezwana Karim said the vice chancellor of the university must ensure the punishment of the culprits involved in the sexual assault to prove a point that the JU campus remains safe for all female students.
Jono Udyag member secretary Tarik Hossain Mithun alleged that although the general students have raised their complaint in this connection to the vice chancellor, proctor and other officials of the administration, they are now worried over the excessive time taken by the administration to ensure the punishment of the officials.
If the administration fails to ensure the punishment to the sexual offenders in quick time, the students of the university will forge tougher movement, he cautioned.
Presided over by Indigenous Students’ Association president Joysen Tanchangya, the programme was also addressed by Philosophy Department Prof Anwarulla Bhuiyan.
The victim, a student of the Botany Department, was assaulted on the campus during the Pahela Boishakh celebrations.
Later on April 16, JU unit of BCL suspended five of its leaders and activists of the university in this connection.
JU authorities on April 17 suspended eight students over the allegations of sexual harassment.
Meanwhile, the written complaint filed by the victim with the Proctor’s Office has been forwarded to the university’s ‘anti-sexual harassment cell’ and undergoing further investigation – UNB

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