In just a span of 24 hours, 2 female students of Dhaka University were harassed on the campus on Saturday and Sunday respectively.
A student of the meteorological science department was chatting with her friend, a former student of the mass communications and journalism department, in front of the university’s Arts Building on Saturday evening.
A group of six or seven students led by Nazmul Huque, a first year law student attached to Muktijoddha Ziaur Rahman Hall, came up and were ragging the couples there. This student and her friend asked Nazmul and his associates' identity. In response, they physically assaulted them.
Then on Sunday afternoon, a girl student of DU’s theatre and performance studies department was harassed by some of her own classmates.
She said at the last Amar Ekushey book fair she had sat at the Jubo League stall when one of her classmates, Shahbaz Ishtiaq Puran, secretly taken pictures of her.
She had argued with him over the matter several times. Then on Sunday in class, Puran tried to topple her off her chair. They got into an argument over this when at one point Puran and two of his friends, Obaidur Rahman Sohan and Dipan Saha, physically assaulted her.
In both incidents the victims complained to the university proctor.
DU proctor professor AKM Golam Rabbani, speaking to Prothom Alo about the matter, said, “The concerned hall proctor has been informed about Saturday’s incident and he will meet the complainants today, Monday. I received a verbal complaint about Sunday’s incident. The departmental head has been told to ask for a written complaint if needed and take departmental action accordingly.”
The Dhaka University administration has taken no tangible action against girls being harassed and molested on campus in recent times.
The committee formed to look into the assault on DUCSU VP Nurul Huq and some female students at the university’s SM Hall, has still not submitted any report.