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Varsity hikes security, counsels students to help overcome shock

A day after a 23-year-old Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student brutally attacked a fellow-student on campus, before ending his own life, leaving the JNU administration and fraternity in a state of shock, the university security cell beefed up the security in and around the campus on Thursday. 'Counselling for students is the need of the hour' said S K Sopory vice-chancellor of the university.

Sopory explained, ‘There are four official entry and exit points to the campus, North gate, Saraswatipuram, Paschimabad gate and East gate. Apart from these four gates, we also have two gates, one with the Indian Council for Social Science Research and the other with Indian Institute of Mass Communication. A total of 106 guards have been deployed at various points on campus to keep an eye on regular activities by students and outsiders.'

Sopory added counsellers on campus are helping students overcome the shock generated by the incident.
‘JNU staff and teachers maintain a friendly relationship with students, making it easy for the students to approach them whenever help is needed.’ Anita, a JNU student said, 'The incident has shaken the confidence of everyone on campus, especially the girls.’ Neera Kongari proctor of the university said,  ‘The incident has shaken and disappointed us, but we now need to restore the confidence of the students and in my opinion, counselling is the only way to do it.’  Lenin Kumar JNUSU president said 'We need to collectively come to terms with this tragedy by addressing the issues at hand, including the need for more extensive and intensive gender-sensitisation as well as building a more conducive environment within the university for students requiring redressal and support'.

The JNUSU, JNUTA, faculty and many concerned students, including the students of the Korean Centre spent almost the whole day at the hospital, where Roshni, who was attacked by Akash with a cleaver on Wednesday, is admitted.
'All our thoughts and wishes are for the survival and recovery of Roshni,’ Lenin Kumar added.
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