Delhi university’s teacher-run hookah bar busted by students

Talk about role reversal. Thanks to a sting operation, the Delhi university students allegedly busted a hookah bar run by their teachers inside the campus.

On the one hand, tobacco and alcohol are banned in the school and college premises, but on the other, the teaching staff have been found to be indulging in the banned gutka and hookah inside the college premises.

The incident took place in Aditi Mahavidyalaya College for Women in Bawana, Outer Delhi. It was found that during the college hours, the teachers  often went missing. They were apparently spending time at the hookah bar.

According to the students, the teachers used to gather in a corner of the college where they have made proper sitting arrangements to enjoy their hookahs. Students are prohibited in that area.

‘Several times the students have made various complaints to the principal but no action has been taken so far,’ said Arunita (name changed), a second year student.

The students also accuse that the teachers provided the mobile numbers of girls  to strange men. ‘The teacher sells the numbers depending on the girl. The range starts from Rs 1,000 to Rs 2,500,’ said Neeta (name changed), a victim of unwanted calls.

On Monday, a protest was carried out by the students outside the college. The protest was led by Abhilasha, chief secretary of Aditi College Student’s Union. ‘Students have been complaining about the hookah bar a few months now, but the college authority was not taking any action. To prove to them about the existence of such a bar, we organised a sting operation,’ Abhilasha added.

However, Kalpana Bharad, principal of the college, denied the existence of hookah bar, ‘We got some complaints regarding the hookah bar, but in our investigation we have not found anything. I can’t say anything if the teachers are having the hookah and tobacco in some hidden places. But we will definitely take action,’ Kalpana added.
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