Srinagar: The students of Government Dental College and Hospital (GDCH) continued their protest on second day in the college premises at Shereen Bagh Srinagar Saturday.
The students are protesting the inaction of Principal GDCH over the complaints of harassment of students against the HoD Orthodontics, Dr Muhammad Mushtaq.
The students shouted slogans against the college principal, carrying placards, which read ‘We want justice’ and ‘End to Student Harassment by Teachers’.
More than 300 students including undergraduate and postgraduates assembled outside the principal’s office to register their protest.
“The principal forced us to go on strike after he did not take action against Professor Dr. Muhammad Mushtaq who has been using his postgraduate students as domestic workers over the years. Instead of addressing the grievances of victimized students, the principal has sided with the powerful professor,” Dr Rameez Hassan, spokesperson of the GDCH students said.
All doctors including faculty members, working in various medical institutions of the state are supporting our strike, the protesting students added.
They added that until the government takes stringent action against the principal and erring professor, the strike will continue.
“Students were forced to take the route of protests to seek redressal of their grievances as our guide was harassing and forcing us to do his personal work including car wash, ferrying family members to airport and kids to school, all complains we file went unattended,” said another student.
Doctor Association Kashmir has already come out in support of the striking students demanding removal of the principal.
“Pride and prestige of institution should be restored by appointing a well qualified upright and honest person as the caretaker of the institution; we support the strike and hope that government wakes from slumber by taking swift action to solve the issue at the earliest,” General Secretary DAK, Dr Owais said that.
Convener J&K Doctors Coordination Committee, Dr Yousuf Tak said “Strict action should be taken against the principal and HOD in order to maintain the discipline inside the institution. They should be removed from the college without any further delay”.
The protesting students appealed Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti, to intervene into the issue to get the problem solved without wasting any further time.