Polytechnic College ‘peeping’ row: Harassed girls ‘barred’ from using cell-phones at hostel

Polytechnic College ‘peeping’ row: Harassed girls ‘barred’ from using cell-phones at hostel

SRINAGAR: While the man accused of infringing privacy of a girl student at Government Polytechnic College for Women is still absconding, the authorities are likely to bar its girl students from using cell-phones in the hostel.
The students protesting against the warden and her husband Ashiq Hussain—the man accused of peeping into the college hostel’s common bathroom where a girl was bathing—were told by the administration on Tuesday that they won’t be allowed to carry mobile phones inside the hostel once it is reopened.
The students said the college administration didn’t give any reason for the order, which they seek to resent.
“Hostel is like our second home. If we can’t carry our cell-phones inside the hostel how can we communicate with our relatives, especially our family members?” the students questioned.
The row started last week after the girl students of the college complained that the warden’s husband was peeping into the hostel’s common bathroom where a girl was bathing.
The next day, the students of the college boycotted the classes and protested at the campus against the accused, forcing the administration to lodge a complaint with the police post at Bemina.
To pacify the students, the administration shifted the warden’s family to another building.
The warden, along with her husband and two children, has been residing at the girls’ hostel for the past nine years.
The college later closed the college hostel temporarily, citing “construction and repairing” reasons.
Reacting to the cell-phone direction, which comes when police is yet to trace the absconding accused, the students said the college authorities were trying to gag them.
They even alleged the college authorities of trying to persuade the eyewitnesses’ parents to withdraw the case against Hussain.
“Parents of six eye-witnesses today met the college administration. They (authorities) tried to persuade them to withdraw the case; one of them (parents) has got convinced,” the students said.
When contacted, the college principal, Shafqat Ara, refused to talk to Kashmir Reader about the developments.

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