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BHU again: Post-graduate student says college mate slapped, dragged her by hair for not talking to him

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A student of Banaras Hindu University (BHU) allegedly dragged a fellow-student by her hair and assaulted her on Thursday, barely a fortnight after the century-old institute was rocked by protests over growing incidents of sexual abuse on campus.

Police identified the accused as Sheetala Sharan Gond, a student of public administration, who was said to be angry after the woman allegedly refused to talk to him. 

The woman, a post-graduate student, lodged a police complaint after informing the university’s proctorial board, now headed by a woman.

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Police said the woman said Gond misbehaved with her, snatched her mobile and smashed it on the ground.

Gond allegedly followed her to the classroom where he slapped her in front of other students, dragged her by her hair and assaulted her, police said.

Police said a case will be registered shortly.

The incident came on a day a team of the National Commission for Women (NCW) began a probe into the September 23 police baton-charge on women students who were demanding action over an alleged sexual harassment case.

The baton-charge by male police personnel on protesting students had sparked nationwide outrage, and put the spotlight on lack of security for women at the sprawling campus in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s parliamentary constituency.

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The varsity reopened on Tuesday after an extended Dusherra holiday, announced a day after the violence on September 23. 

NCW member Rekha Sharma recorded statements of several students and professors, including professor Pratima Gond who sustained injuries during the baton-charge. Sharma also met proctor Royana Singh.

Sharma, who is in Varanasi with two legal experts, said she would question the university vice chancellor Girish Chandra Tripathi, who is currently on indefinite leave, about the cases.

“I am here for two days. But if he doesn’t appear before the commission, I will summon him (to Delhi),” Sharma, who also holds the additional charge of NCW chairperson, told HT.

Senior superintendent of police RK Bhardwaj apprised the NCW of the progress of the probe into the case of violence. He also briefed her about the investigations into the alleged sexual harassment.

Earlier, police had registered a case against 1,000 unidentified students in connection with the incident before handing over the probe to the crime branch which served notice to 13 students and seven members of the proctorial board.

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 A judicial committee headed by a retired judge of the Allahabad high court is also probing the incident.

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