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Prof Pappula Laxminarayana 

Registrar, Osmania University, 

Prof D. Ravinder 

Vice-Chancellor, Osmania University 

Hyderabad, Telangana


Recent protests at Osmania University in Hyderabad have raised serious concerns over women students’ safety in university hostels. The protests started after a series of incidents occurred at the hostel. Students shared hearing strange noises which couldn’t be traced to any source and were hence ignored. Later, on the night of 26th January, at least two intruders entered the girl’s hostel, scaling the compound walls, according to the students’ statements to various news channels. 


One of the intruders even entered the girls washroom. Media reports state that the intruder was drunk


Police were called late in the night to take control of the situation. By the time the police arrived, the students and the hostel’s security personnel had managed to catch hold of one intruder who was later arrested by the police. Investigation by the police in the matter is ongoing. Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), North Zone, Rohini Priyadarshini inspected the hostel premises and shared that the incidents were a result of security lapses at the hostel. 


The protesting students claim that they are yet to hear from the university Vice Chancellor. The students complained of the administration’s apathy and callousness towards the issue of students’ safety on campus. 


Infrastructural shortcomings like poor lighting and inadequate security measures prevent women from living and studying with a sense of dignity, respect and security, as per the University Grants Commission (UGC) 2013 Saksham report [1]. 


To ensure women’s safety within universities, the UGC recommended University services and infrastructure: 

It is Osmania University’s responsibility to ensure that they adhere to UGC guidelines, and it is our responsibility to hold negligent administrators accountable. We cannot let our students live in fear. 

Demand the Osmania University administration - 

  • Publicly state the measures they will take to prevent such an incident from repeating

  • Build secure compound walls around the hostel premise 

  • Install CCTV cameras within the hostel premise 

  • Enquire and arrest other intruders 

  • Improve the lighting system in and around the hostel premise 

  • Strengthen the hostel security arrangements


Sign the petition now and support women’s right to a safe campus residence

Sources:

  1. 5873997_SAKSHAM-BOOK.pdf (ugc.gov.in)

  2. Protest At Osmania University Hyderabad Over Security Breach At Girls Hostel (ndtv.com)

  3. Why Are Osmania University Women Students Protesting? Details Inside (shethepeople.tv)

  4. India: Students protest over security lapse in girls hostel, claim ‘saw hands coming out of the ventilator’ (msn.com)

To,

Prof Pappula Laxminarayana 

Registrar, Osmania University, 

Prof D. Ravinder 

Vice-Chancellor, Osmania University 

Hyderabad, Telangana


Recent protests at Osmania University in Hyderabad have raised serious concerns over women students’ safety in university hostels. The protests started after a series of incidents occurred at the hostel. Students shared hearing strange noises which couldn’t be traced to any source and were hence ignored. Later, on the night of 26th January, at least two intruders entered the girl’s hostel, scaling the compound walls, according to the students’ statements to various news channels. 


One of the intruders even entered the girls washroom. Media reports state that the intruder was drunk


Police were called late in the night to take control of the situation. By the time the police arrived, the students and the hostel’s security personnel had managed to catch hold of one intruder who was later arrested by the police. Investigation by the police in the matter is ongoing. Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), North Zone, Rohini Priyadarshini inspected the hostel premises and shared that the incidents were a result of security lapses at the hostel. 


The protesting students claim that they are yet to hear from the university Vice Chancellor. The students complained of the administration’s apathy and callousness towards the issue of students’ safety on campus. 


Infrastructural shortcomings like poor lighting and inadequate security measures prevent women from living and studying with a sense of dignity, respect and security, as per the University Grants Commission (UGC) 2013 Saksham report [1]. 


To ensure women’s safety within universities, the UGC recommended University services and infrastructure: 

It is Osmania University’s responsibility to ensure that they adhere to UGC guidelines, and it is our responsibility to hold negligent administrators accountable. We cannot let our students live in fear. 

Demand the Osmania University administration - 

  • Publicly state the measures they will take to prevent such an incident from repeating

  • Build secure compound walls around the hostel premise 

  • Install CCTV cameras within the hostel premise 

  • Enquire and arrest other intruders 

  • Improve the lighting system in and around the hostel premise 

  • Strengthen the hostel security arrangements


Sign the petition now and support women’s right to a safe campus residence

Sources:

  1. 5873997_SAKSHAM-BOOK.pdf (ugc.gov.in)

  2. Protest At Osmania University Hyderabad Over Security Breach At Girls Hostel (ndtv.com)

  3. Why Are Osmania University Women Students Protesting? Details Inside (shethepeople.tv)

  4. India: Students protest over security lapse in girls hostel, claim ‘saw hands coming out of the ventilator’ (msn.com)

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