Provost doesn't know BCL men harassed female students

Staff Correspondent . Dhaka | Update:

Dhaka University`s Ruqayyah Hall provost Zinat Huda briefs the media at the DU teachers’ club on Thursday. Photo: Dipu MalakarDhaka University's Ruqayyah Hall provost Zinat Huda on Thursday said she does not know that Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) leaders insulted female students who started a fast unto death in front of hall gate demanding fresh DUCSU polls.

BCL is the student wing of ruling Bangladesh Awami League.

“It’s not our concern if students are insulted outside the hall gate. Our concern is to bring them back to hall,” she told the newsmen at a briefing at the DU teachers’ club on Thursday.

Ruqayyah Hall students Saida Afrin Safi, Rafia Sultana, Shrabanna Shafique Dipti, Joyonti Reza and Pramik Esha started their fast unto death around 9:30pm on Wednesday placing a 4-point demand including fresh Dhaka University Central Students’ Union (DUCSU) polls.

They also demanded the resignation of Zinat Huda, withdrawal of all cases against the independent candidates and their supporters, DUCSU vice president-elect Nurul Haq and security of all the students on the campus.

BCL’s general secretary and also DUCSU GS-elect Golam Rabbani along with his followers hurled abusive comments on them around 2:00am Thursday, the demonstrating students alleged.

Shrabanna Shafiq Dipti said, "Golam Rabbani along with others tried to prove that we are characterless."

"And we have been demonstrating after taking liquor and cannabis," she quoted Golam Rabbani as saying.

Rabbani, however, claimed he went to ensure safety of general students of the hall as the main gate of the hall was open at midnight.

“Everyone has the right to demonstrate or strike. But no one has the right to risk the security of other students by keeping the hall gate open at night,” Rabbani told the newsmen.

Rabbani also claimed that the demonstrating students were taking drug and are affiliated with Chhatri Sangstha (female student organisation of Jamaat-e-Islami).

DUCSU vice president-elect Nurul Haq on Thursday expressed solidarity with five female students of DU's Ruqayyah Hall.

Nur, along with other leaders of the quota reform platform went to Ruqayyah Hall gate at around 1:30pm on Thursday and demanded the university authorities take action against those who assaulted female students.

BNP's student wing Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) leader and DUCSU VP candidate Mostafizur Rahman also expressed solidarity with the students.

DUCSU election, held after 28 years on Monday, was marred by various irregularities carried out by BCL. Almost all the participating panels boycotted the polls alleging vote rigging.

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