WION Web TeamNew Delhi, IndiaSep 05, 2017, 08.16 AM (IST)
An undergraduate student of the Mahila Maha Vidhyalaya, a college affiliated to the Banaras Hindu University, was allegedly asked to leave the girls’ hostel because she showed “tendencies” of homosexuality and indiscipline, the Indian Express reported.
The authorities say they asked the student to leave because she was harassing her fellow boarders.
But the Express reported a professor -- a member of the college's disciplinary committee -- as saying on the condition of anonymity that the student was “showing tendencies of being homosexual”.
The Express quoted Neelam Atri, chief coordinator of the college's five hostels, as saying: “Around 16 boarders had given me in writing that the student was harassing them and scaring them with her activities and indiscipline. The student was also threatening fellow boarders with suicide if they did not yield to her demands.”
Atri refused to comment on the allegations of homosexuality, saying it was an internal college matter, and the people saying that is why the student was asked to leave were trying to give the college a bad name.
“The student used to threaten to harm herself if her fellow boarders did not help her out with her homework or other such things… She is not well. She has been depressed and had tried to harm herself. So, we asked her family to show her to a good doctor… We told them that if she recuperates, she can return to the hostel,” the Express quoted her as saying.
The Express added that the student’s parents were called to the college and asked to get their daughter treated for the “disease”.
The Express quoted a professor as saying: “The tendencies she was showing were at a nascent stage. We cannot really pin-point if it is really homosexuality. But we had to suspend her to maintain peace and discipline in the hostel.”
The Express also quoted a fellow student, who did not wish to be named, as saying: “The student was blind in one eye. She was disabled. The college authorities should have been extra attentive towards her. Instead, they suspended her without an inquiry or counselling. How is she going to face her class now? She has to study with the same women students.”
The fellow student added that the student who was allegedly asked to leave the girls' hostel and her parents, who are from rural Uttar Pradesh, "are traumatised”.