SRINAGAR: The Government Polytechnic College for Women, Bemina, on Monday took action against its Training and Placement Officer (TPO) who threatened the students agitating against the warden’s husband accused of infringing a girl’s privacy.
The college administration has suspended the TPO Yasmeen Nakshbandhi’s membership to the ‘Membership Cell’ that looks into the students’ grievances.
According to the students, the TPO threatened to expose private affairs of the students who protested against the accused.
“She used offensive words against us and accused us of conspiring against the warden and her husband,” the students told Kashmir Reader.
The row started last week after the girl students of the college filed a complained that the warden’s husband, Ashiq Hussain, was peeping into the hostel’s common bathroom where a girl was bathing.
The next day, the students 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.
Meanwhile, the college has temporarily closed the college hostel, citing “construction and repairing” reasons.
“Due to some construction and repairing work, the hostel will remain closed for now as per an order from the director Technical Education,” the principal, Shafqat Ara, said.
She said the action was taken against the TPO after students complained of “rude behavior” from her.
She said the classes would be held as per routine, while extra classes would be arranged for those who can’t come to the college.
The principal claimed that absconding Hussain has been arrested. The police, however, refuted it.
“He lives with his in-laws and they (in-laws) told us he will present himself before the police. He is expected to come either today or tomorrow,” police said.