SRM University : Staff Masturbates In Front Of Chennai Student, Officials Blame Clothes
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SRM University : Staff Masturbates In Front Of Chennai Student, Officials Blame Clothes

SRM University erupts into protest after staff masturbates in front of student.

A cleaning staff masturbated in front of a student in one of the lifts at a girl’s hostel. The accused has been absconding since the girl raised an alarm and students began protesting.

HIGHLIGHTS

1. Students allege administration delayed access to CCTV footage and registering of complaint

2. The girl was reportedly asked to stay mum about the incident

3. No police complaint has been filed yet

Students of SRM University in Chennai’s Kattankulathur area staged a demonstration inside the campus Thursday night after a cleaning staff masturbated in front of a student in a lift at a girl’s hostel.

The university says the culprit ran away from the campus after the uproar. A university official told India Today that efforts are on to trace him. Terming the incident as unfortunate, the university spokesperson said the administration was reviewing security and taking steps to ensure this is not repeated. The accused will get appropriate punishment, he said. Students, however, are angry and not convinced.

According to a third-year software engineering student who took part in the protest, a second-year undergraduate student of the university was allegedly sexually harassed by a man working as sanitation worker inside a women’s hostel lift on Thursday afternoon around 3 pm.

“The man masturbated in front of the woman student in the hostel lift, following which she reported the issue to the authorities,” the student told PTI.

According to another protester, the hostel warden, with whom the student had raised the issue, allegedly delayed access to the CCTV footage of the elevator and the registering of a complaint by over two hours.

Students have alleged that the director of the university has maintained that such “things happen to girls because they are north Indians who dress dirty, and smoke and drink”.

“The employee was identified by the student in the CCTV footage. However she was asked to stay mum about the incident by the authorities,” the protester said, adding that the hostel authorities allegedly blamed the victim.

The students of the university have taken to both the streets as well as social media to express their anger at the inaction on the part of the university administration. Videos of large groups of students breaking through barricades, demanding justice are flooding the Twitterverse.

SRM University Vice-Chancellor Sandeep Sancheti, however, denied the allegations of inaction and said the administration would look into the complaint.

“Students are discussing with us. Whatever the matter is, it will be taken care of. If there is a matter, it will be inquired,” Sancheti told news agency PTI.

Local police officials who reached the protest spot told PTI that the protesters dispersed after assurances from the university administration to look into the matter.

However, they added that no complaint had been registered yet.

(with inputs from PTI)

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