Jamia hostel girls said no to HRD minister visit, warned


A large number of girls from the Jamia Milia Islamia University's Begum Hazrat Mahal Girls' Hostel received stern warning in the show-cause notices issued to them on Friday. Many hostellers claim that the reason for this letter is their protest over the visit of the Union HRD Minister, Prakash Javadekar in an open letter penned by the student collective Pinjra Tod.

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The notices have asked the girls to "maintain discipline in the hostel" and to not engage in "misconduct, rude behaviour and frequent absence from the hostel", for it may lead to "disciplinary action".

Prakash Javadekar had visited the campus on September 28 to inaugurate a new women's hostel. But the visit was marred by protests by several hostellers. One hosteller had written an anonymous open letter to him over the issue of discriminatory rules.The letter, published on the Facebook page of the Pinjra Tod campaign, had stated that Javadekar was "not welcome" as the students were told not to take any leave during his visit. 

The letter had accused the administration for asking the hostellers to behave like "good girls" and had warned that those who didn't attend would be issued a show-cause notice.

"Participation in certain events was declared mandatory. Those of us who did not attend the event were issued notices on flimsy grounds," said a student .However, the provost Baran Farooqui said that the show-cause was a routine procedure. 

"We are not throwing anyone out. The girls have been asked to answer the reason for their absence. There is a huge pressure on the hostel over the availability of space. That's why we have asked them to answer." Pinjra Tod has opposed the move and has asked for the withdrawal of the notices.
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