The Great Hindu College Women’s Hostel Issue : The A To Z Of This Whole Situation

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From 9th August 2017,the students of prestigious Hindu college, Delhi university have been protesting against the fee hike in the girls hostel.This fee hike issue is nothing new,it created a lot of noise last year as well but the college didn’t open up the hostel last year which resulted in closure of the protests.

The students have been sitting and sleeping inside the campus without mattresses or fans.The administration like any other administration in the University have resorted to tactics such as sending show cause notices to the protesting students and calling up their parents.

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After the 119 years of establishment of the college,this year the administration opened the hostel accommodation for women but with high fee and absurd curfew timings.

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UGC had sanctioned a grant of Rs 82 lakhs to the college for the construction of women’s hostel in 2012. However, the grant was withdrawn after the college administration had lapsed on the fund. Hence, the construction of the hostel had been outsourced to a private company,the financial burden of which is now being forced to be borne by the women students.

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The fee for resident female student is set as Rs 90,000 whereas for male resident student is set as Rs 59,000.

The students organized a protest outside the Hindu college premises yesterday.Students from different colleges and universities protested and showed their solidarity with the protesting students.Slogans like “Principal hamse darti hai,
Security ko aage karti hai” and “Hindu tum sangarsh karo,
DU tumhare Saath hai” were called out in support of the students.

Protest also saw students in attendance from different colleges of North Campus such as Miranda,Khalsa,St.Stephens,Kirori Mal, Ramjas etc sharing their experiences.

During the end, the students marched to the Delhi University Proctors Office and submitted a memorandum on behalf of the students of Delhi University demanding for just rules such as abolishment of¬†”Gender tax” on the women hostel.

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Vibhuti Kapila
A women rights enthusiast, loves to read History under the night sky.

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