In the recent development in the matter where a Muslim girl student was allegedly harassed by her college mates for not wearing a Bharatiya Janata Party cap while on a bus trip to Agra, the victim has been reportedly suspended from her college. The college authorities said they acted against her after she “failed to appear in front of an internal grievance cell to record her statement”.
The 22-year-old Umam Khanam, a law student of Dewan Law College in Meerut, had alleged that she was harassed and touched inappropriately by her college mates after she refused to wear BJP cap in a bus during a trip to Agra. She suggested that she was “targeted” because of her religion.
She had registered her complaint on April 3. The college officials have claimed that after the complaint, the college had later rusticated two students based on a written complaint. “However, Umam did not respond to requests of the grievance cell to record her statement. In a disciplinary action, college suspended her.”
Meanwhile, Umam approached police with a written complaint. In a letter addressed to Meerut senior superintendent of police, the victim has narrated her ordeal. She also elaborated on “pressure” being put on her to withdraw her complaint.The development came hours after a group of activists from Bajrang Dal and Vishwa Hindu Parishad met the college authorities demanding that the rustication of two students be revoked.