19 June, 2021

We Shall Ignore No More

BHU’s cold denial in the face of girls’ firm resolve

Photograph by PTI
We Shall Ignore No More
outlookindia.com
2017-09-30T11:01:18+05:30

What an irony! The entire Banaras Hindu University (BHU) campus is decorated with idols of Maa Durga—the personification of Shakti as a woman—to celebrate Navratras and Durga Puja. The BHU logo itself has Maa Saraswati. But, there is no point in worshipping goddesses if girls are not honoured or respected and are deprived of their basic rights.

What happened on September 21 was not the first incident of sexual harassment in the prestigious university, ranked third in the country. Lewd remarks and cheap comments are routine. Many girls have been groped and molested. It is a regular occurrence on campus. We had learnt to ignore them and move on. That’s what we were told every time we tried to complain—ignore the perpetrators. Or we were scolded for being outside the hostel. On Holi this year, the girls were locked up in the hostel for two days. Why? Because boys may misbehave!

Every time, without fail, it is the girl who is blamed if she raises her voice. Be it for her clothes, for stepping out, even for her behaviour. The warden, proctor and...

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