Students write to VP on opening girl hostels 24×7

CHANDIGARH: students on protest demanding girls hostel to remain open 24×7 have now written to the Vice-President and chancellor M Venakaih Naidu, requesting him to change the hostel timings and ‘repeal‘ the ‘unconstitutional and undemocratic hostel norms existing in the university‘.

“Our fight for 24-hour open girl‘s hostels is a larger fight of women from time immemorial to claim public spaces and entertain their will/ choice. This prestige is undermined by the PU authorities and being demonized. The current atmosphere of PU hostels is suffocating for women, therefore, it‘s humbly requested to your goodself to repeal the unconstitutional and undemocratic hostel norms existing in PU, Chandigarh, aimed at caging girls and ensure equality in freedom of movement for girls through 24-hour open girls hostels in view of the well-being of PU girls and oblige,” stated the communication sent by the students to the chancellor.

On the 31st day of the protest, Hassanpreet, spokesperson of (SFS), the organization leading the protest, along with the student council president, said that, “The student council is called for the meetings and not the students who are on protest. How will the authorities resolve the issue when they don‘t talk with students who are on protest?”

On November 25, the protest saw participation of Dharamvira Gandhi, MP from , and Prof Surjit Singh from Punjabi University, Patiala. Moreover, political activist Yogendra Yadav has already extended his support to the protest.

However, the university on November 24 cleared its stand that the system in the girls‘ hostels has ‘reasonable flexibility‘. The statement further read that students are allowed to exit between 9pm and 11pm by entering the purpose of the visit in the mobility register.

Moreover, the students had also demanded that there should be transparency in hostel allocation and the details of the hostellers should be made online so that others know about hostel seats availability. On this, the statement issued by the university read, “There is transparency in hostel allocation. The university is introducing software for hostel allocation from the next academic session.”

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