SRINAGAR, JULY 16: A large number of under graduate students from Government College for Women MA Road Srinagar are up in arms against the College Principal for what they say implementing and issuing `unnecessary diktats’ in the name of discipline. The students are accusing the Principal of unnecessary ‘harassment’, an allegation vehemently refuted by College authorities.
“It has become a norm for the Principal to comment on our behaviour, family background and dress code. Yesterday, she (Principal) crossed all the limits when she hit some of the students raising questions over their dress code,” said a number of students to news agency Kashmir News Trust.
“No matter what the reason was. She has no right to talk like the way she did. While other students started saying something. She warned them to throw them out of the college. Whosoever confronts her, she threatens them of handing over Discharge Certificate,” they added.
Students said they attend the college in casuals as internal exams are underway. “We fail to understand why the Principal is humiliating us on daily basis. She seeks pleasure in harassing us. We are very frustrated and depressed,” they said.
The trouble erupted yesterday morning as soon as the college opened when some students were stopped near the main gate for not strictly adhering to the dress code. As some students resisted the alleged un-necessary harassment, the Principal according to students resorted to ‘abusive’ language and hit couple of students.
“If you arrive couple of minutes late in the College, you will be punished and forced to wait outside the College. Due to frequent traffic jams, some students fail to make it to the College in time and are made to wait outside the College for hours. It’s a sheer harassment and humiliation,” the students said and demanded immediate removal of the Principal.
The College authorities presented a different narrative. A College teacher said moral education is part and parcel of curriculum and they have every right and responsibility to impart it.
Principal Government College for Women told Kashmir News Trust that some students attend college in multi color dresses thus breaching discipline. “How can we encourage those who care a fig for college rules. Attending college without uniform sends a wrong message. I can’t allow these students to take liberty and attend College at their will without uniform. Even during internal exams, students are bound to wear uniform,” she said.
She added that College is only following rules and it is in the interest of society and parents to implement those in letter and spirit. (KNT)