Teachers and students of Jahangirnagar University (JU) yesterday formed a human chain and demonstrated on campus demanding punishment of the perpetrators who on Tuesday night sexually assaulted an indigenous female student of the university.
Under the banner of “Shikkhok-Shikkharthi Oikyomoncho”, the teachers and students also demanded removal of university Proctor Professor Tapan Kumar Saha for failing to ensure security at the campus.
Source said more than hundred teachers and students from various departments and institutes formed the human chain on the Shahid Minar premises at 11am. Some 22 socio-cultural organisations of the university also expressed solidarity with them.
Later, the agitators held an assembly at the same venue where the demand for the proctor’s removal was raised.
Teacher of the Government and Politics Department and the convener of the Oikyomoncho, Professor Naseem Akhter Hossain, said: “We are demanding the proctor to resign willingly because he had proved himself unworthy of the post.”
Professor Naseem further alleged that the proctor also failed to take action after the incident happened. “Instead he misbehaved with the victim contributing to further harassment.”
A memorandum with a four-point demand was later submitted to JU VC Professor Farzana Islam in this regard.
The demands included arresting and punishing the culprits, ensuring adequate security for the victim, providing security to the indigenous students of the university and filing a criminal case against the perpetrators.
JU History Department teacher Professor ATM Atikur Rahman, Biochemistry and Molecular Science Department teacher Professor Sohel Rana, Philosophy Department Associate Professor Rayhan Rhyne, History Department Associate Professor Golam Rabbani and Assistant Professor Anisa Parvin Jolly were present at the human chain among others.
On Tuesday night after the Pohela Boishakh celebration, some leaders and activists of the JU unit of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) sexually harassed a first year student of the Botany Department.
The victim submitted a written complaint to the university authorities who afterwards expelled eight students temporarily.
Meanwhile, JU unit BCL also temporarily expelled five of its members for their involvement in the sexual harassment.