Mumbai, (The Hindu): The Shreemati Nathibai Damodar Thackersey Women’s University (SNDTWU) on Tuesday suspended hostel warden Rachna Zaveri after students protested over two days demanding action against her over alleged harassment.
The students started protesting on Sunday after the warden allegedly asked a 19-year-old student to strip. They alleged that the girl, who is suffering from skin infection, was wearing loose clothes as instructed by her doctor. The warden objected to her clothing and asked her to strip and show the infection in front of a few girls. The University officials on Monday had finally assured them of conducting a speedy probe into the incident.
Officials said that the suspension was agreed upon at a management council meeting held on Tuesday.
Asked to leave
An official said, “The University conducted an emergency management council meeting on October 16 to look into the issue. In the meeting, it was decided to suspend Ms. Zaveri with effect from October 15.”
On Monday evening, Shashikala Wanjari, the Vice-Chancellor of the university, had met protesting students in Juhu and agreed to take up their demand at the college’s management council meeting. Ms. Wanjari had assured the students that their demand for sacking the hostel warden would be listed as a ‘top priority item on the agenda’ of the meeting.
Ms. Wanjari had addressed the students along with Pro-Vice Chancellor V.N. Magare and Registrar Dr. Meena Kute.
In a statement, the University had said, “An inquiry committee has been instituted consisting of three members, including a member from the management council. The committee will submit its report in three days. The hostel warden has been asked to go on indefinite leave and not to enter the campus. SNDTWU follows a zero tolerance policy and will not allow any act of discrimination or intimidation against any of its 50,000 students.”
On Monday, the students, after finishing their exams, had first met the principal of the University, during which they were assured speedy action. They were also allegedly asked to withdraw the FIR filed against Ms. Zhaveri with the Juhu police for outraging a woman’s modesty.
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