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Students, teachers boycott DU fest after blind woman’s molestation

Renouncing Antardhvani — the annual Delhi University fest, various students’ and teachers’ organisations and individuals under the banner of the ‘Save DU Campaign’ held a joint protest on Friday and furthered their demand for the removal of the DU V-C.

Expressing anguish over the recent case of molestation of a blind DU woman by a rickshaw driver, a protester from the DU School of Open Learning (SOL) said: “DU administration has reportedly tried to pressurise and traumatise the student in concern, asking her to withdraw the case as they feared that this episode would affect Antardhvani. Such an attempt at covering up an important issue, reveals that the Antardhvani is nothing but a hollow image-building exercise by the DU administration.” Antradhvani, which began in 2011, has faced criticism from various organisations, especially the Delhi University Teachers’ Association (DUTA).

“The University has been pushed by Professor Dinesh Singh to a state of coma; the issues of students, teachers and karamcharis remain unresolved. Mismanagement has jeopardised the careers of thousands of students, be it the students of BTech or the students looking for the Special Chance to be restored in order to complete their degree education. Responsibility needs to be taken by the University for starting BTech courses without AICTE approval,” said Abha Dev Habib, member of executive council.
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