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Forced haircuts: UGC probe team records statement of 14 Rabindra University students

  • Published at 09:50 am October 27th, 2021
Rabindra University in Sirajganj
File photo of a building at Rabindra University in Sirajganj Collected from Facebook

Besides, the team also spoke to teachers and students of different departments of the university

Fourteen students of Rabindra University have given their statements to the delegation of the University Grants Commission (UGC) at the campus in Sirajganj. 

The delegation conducted the statement recording on Wednesday morning on the fourth floor of the university’s academic building.

Besides, the team also spoke to teachers and students of different departments of the university to gain additional perspectives for the sake of the investigation.

Earlier on Monday, a three-member team of the UGC’s inquiry committee was formed to probe allegations of humiliation, mental torture, and harassment of 14 students against Farhana Yeasmin Baten, an associate professor of the university.

On September 26, Farhana trimmed the hair of at least 14 male students hair against their will, proof of which was later found by a probe committee.

Unable to bear the humiliation, one of the students tried to commit suicide, sparking protests.

On September 28, the students started their demonstrating -- by boycotting exams and locking down the academic building -- pushing for Farhana’s sacking.

The teacher had stepped down from three posts she held after the demonstrations began.

Two days later, the university syndicate had suspended Farhana, barring her indefinitely from academic and administrative activities until further notice.

However, the students then gathered in front of the academic building, vowing to continue the movement until the expulsion of the suspended assistant proctor.

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Students later suspended their protest after the authorities took time from them till November 28 to decide what action will be taken against the accused teacher.

The suspension came into effect after a meeting between the students and Acting Vice Chancellor of the university Abdul Latif, Registrar Sohrab Ali and Shahjadpur Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Shah Md Shamsuzzohar from 4:30 pm to 6pm on Tuesday.

"The university authorities have taken time till November 28 and we have decided to suspend the movement till then. We will also take part in all the tests held in between,” said Zafar Hossain, one of the students who led the protest.

“We have been told that the investigation has found the truth of this incident. The law that is needed to make a permanent decision against that teacher has not yet been enacted in our university, so it takes time to enact it,” he added.

“As it is a new university some rules and regulations have not been enacted yet. It needs to be done during the UGC delegation’s visit to the campus. However, the syndicate meeting will be held again,’ said UNO Shamsuzzohar.

Meanwhile, Laila Ferdous Himel, head of the committee investigating the incident, said there are some rules and procedures in place to take action against the accused teacher. Those are being checked.

The final decision will be taken after getting a recommendation from the UGC’s team, she added.

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