SRINAGAR: The housekeeper of Government Dental College (GDC) hostel, Srinagar, has been transferred after the inmates lodged a complaint with the Principal alleging misbehavior by him. However the man in question has denied having used inappropriate language against the girls. He has also rubbished the reports attributed to him carried in some newspapers.
Parents of the inmates of GDC hostel are, however, alarmed after a report appeared in the local media which said that the housekeeper had alleged that the “girls smoke, drink and bring their male friends to the hostel.” However the housekeeper, Tariq Ahmed, who has been recently transferred, refuted the charges attributed to him. “I have never said that the girls are doing inappropriate things in the hostel. I have served in the hostel for three years and I have never seen a boy entering the hostel. Nor have I seen girls smoking or drinking.”
The girls putting up in the hostel too refute the allegations. “This is not possible. We have very strict rules in our hostel and we cannot even bring our girl friends here. Since the news report came out, our friends and relatives are worried. They think there is some kind of a scandal going on here,” said a group of girls, on condition of anonymity.
Insiders reveal that the hostellers did not have a healthy relationship with the housekeeper. According to them, Tariq would keep a watch on girls and would call them lewd names if he found them ‘outspoken’ or ‘not wearing proper’ dress. “He would become judgmental about the girls and would call them ‘prostitutes’,” they said.
On the 29th of February the girls, irked by the behavior of the housekeeper, shot off a joint letter to the Principal GDC and complained about the alleged misbehavior of the housekeeper. They demanded strict action against him. The letter has been signed by 21 girl residents.
Principal GDC, Srinagar, Dr Riyaz Ahmad said, “When the girls came to me, I assured them action would be taken. The chief warden was on leave and he resumed office on 12th of March. On that very day, I forwarded the letter to him and he called all the hostellers and examined the matter. We came to the conclusion that the housekeeper will be transferred. And on 13th, he was transferred.”
“I had no idea that wrong news has gone out in the media (sic). Some miscreant has tried to defame the girls. I received a letter from the State Women’s Commission yesterday. The letter was not signed and no girl has taken the responsibility for writing the letter,” he added.
Residents who talked to Kashmir Reader claimed that no one among them approached the SWC. “Our problem was resolved when Tariq was transferred. So there was no need to go to the Commission,” they said.
GDC Principal also wants the police to investigate the matter and ‘book the miscreant who spread rumours’ about the girl’s hostel. “This is a very sensitive issue. Our daughters have been alleged of doing something which is not true. So I want the investigative agencies to come forward and examine the whole matter,” he said.