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Rabindra University teacher accused of misconduct resigns from three posts

A five-member committee has been formed to investigate the haircutting incident

Update : 29 Sep 2021, 02:39 PM

Farhana Yasmin Baten, the teacher accused of forcibly cutting the hair of her students, has resigned from three posts at Rabindra University in Sirajganj.

She has stepped down from her positions as the department chair of cultural heritage and Bangladesh studies, the assistant proctor, and a member of the proctorial board.

Farhana Yasmin resigned from her posts on Tuesday night following a discussion with the members of the teachers' council and heads of departments, confirmed Laila Ferdous Himel, head of the Bangla department.

Meanwhile, a five-member committee has also been formed to look into the haircutting incident.

The teachers' council members are set to sit again at 3pm on Wednesday to discuss the matter.

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According to sources, Farhana Yasmin had earlier warned the students having long hair. On Sunday, many of the students came to the class after getting their hair trimmed.

Farhana Yasmin Baten cut off the hair of 14 examinees with scissors during the final exams as they did not comply.

Rajib Adhikari and Jannatul Ferdous Moon, teachers of the same department and assistant proctors were present at the time but they did not intervene.

On Monday, before the commencement of another examination, the aggrieved students boycotted the exam and gathered at the gate of the temporary campus of the university, located at Shahjadpur Women's Degree College.

At the time, the teachers forced everyone to go to the examination hall by threatening to fail them.

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Later, Farhana Yasmin called one of the students on Monday afternoon and insulted him for posting a status on social media about the haircut incident. She also threatened to expel him from the university.

Later that day, the student attempted to commit suicide at his room of Shah Mukhdum Hall.

Nazmul Hasan Tuhin consumed 35 sleeping pills and currently undergoing treatment at Enayetpur Khwaja Yunus Ali Medical College Hospital. On-duty doctors said his condition was critical.

The incident agitated fellow students and they staged a protest on the university campus till late Monday night and resumed the demo the next day.

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