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‘1 in every 4 DU women face sexual harassment’

PTI
Published : Apr 27, 2018, 1:54 am IST
Updated : Apr 27, 2018, 1:54 am IST

About 80 colleges are affiliated to DU.

Almost 80 per cent of student respondents attributed “unresponsiveness” of the university or college administration as a key reason for unsafe campuses, according to the report.
 Almost 80 per cent of student respondents attributed “unresponsiveness” of the university or college administration as a key reason for unsafe campuses, according to the report.

New Delhi: One in every four women studying at Delhi University (DU) and its affiliated colleges has been a victim of sexual harassment, according to a safety audit conducted by a student organisation.

The safety audit conducted by the student wing of the Congress —- National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) — around  covered 50 university departments and colleges. About 80 colleges are affiliated to DU.

According to the audit report, released on Thursday, 22 of the 50 departments/colleges flouted guidelines of the higher education regulator UGC by not electing student representatives democratically to their anti-sexual harassment panels — Internal Complaints Committees.

A field survey, as part of the audit, in 24 colleges spread across DU and its affiliated colleges was conducted and a total of 810 students, of whom around 90 per cent were women and 10 per cent were men, responded to the queries.

“One in four students has reported sexual harassment. Out of the 188 cases of harassment faced by the respondents, there were as many as 40 cases of physical harassment. One in five cases of harassment was of touching or groping. Lewd gestures, staring, vulgar comments make up for the most rampant kind of harassment. Also, one in five cases of harassment concerned trolling on social media or harassment through calls or text/WhatsApp messages,” the report said.

Almost 80 per cent of student respondents attributed “unresponsiveness” of the university or college administration as a key reason for unsafe campuses, according to the report.

Not even half of the respondents were aware of the Internal Complaints Committee (ICC) in their colleges and 70 per cent of the surveyed students stated that the names and contact details of the ICC members are not prominently displayed in their college, it said. NSUI national in-charge Ruchi Gupta said, “Such audits will be conducted in other prominent universities across the country in the coming days. On May 1, there will be a march in Delhi University North Campus demanding steps for safety of women on the campus.”

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