Eminent rights activist Sultana Kamal has expressed shock at the eviction of four female students from Kabi Sufia Kamal Hall of Dhaka University (DU) late Thursday night.
“What happened [at DU] last night was appalling. I am shocked by how the university administration acted,” she said on Friday.
The students were evicted from the residential hall, named after Sultana's mother and renowned poet Sufia Kamal, for – as hall authorities claim – their involvement in “spreading rumours and fake news” during the quota reform movement earlier this month.
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However, hall authorities, as well as the university administration, said the students had not been evicted, but were “handed over” to their guardians to “help them understand their mistake.”
According to Dhaka University rules, resident female students are not allowed to go outside the hall after 9:30pm. Under special circumstances, this can be extended to 10pm at most.
Expressing outrage at what happened, Sultana said how the DU administration handled the situation was unacceptable.
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“If a student has done wrong, university authorities must follow due process to take action. I don't think it's written anywhere that a female student can be handed over to her guardian after 12 at night. The [university] authorities have broken the rules, and set an extremely bad example in the process,” she said.
The university authorities should investigate the issue, find the real perpetrators and take action against them following due process, said the former adviser to the 2007-08 caretaker government.
“I also urge the university authorities to clarify exactly why those students were evicted late at night,” she added. “A university administration must not act this way.”
This story was first published on banglatribune.com