UPDATE: 7 March 2019
It’s confirmed! Minister of Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi has stepped in to ensure that Symbiosis Law School, Hyderabad (SLS-H) takes Snigdha and Apoorva back in the college.
An intervention letter from Ministry of Women and Child Development (MWCD) comes after months of Jhatkaa.org members asking SLS to reinstate the students back in the college.
The letter reads: “The Hon'ble Minister has desired that the students should be reinstated and allowed to attend classes in the Symbiosis Law School, Hyderabad. An Action Taken Report in the matter may please be sent for kind perusal of the Hon'ble Minister WCD.”
The instructions are addressed to the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD). Phone call follow-ups with the ministry suggest that the University Grants Commission (UGC) will be asked to take action on the university.
UPDATE: 24 January 2019
Public pressure worked! Symbiosis has just sent an Internal Complaints Committee (ICC) notification to Snigdha and Apoorva recommending the dismissal of the accused professor.
Over 1,500 Jhatkaa.org members signed the petition, called and mailed the college authorities. And finally, with the collective pressure of over 120 tweets, Symbiosis caved in.
Thank You for taking action! This is a big step towards getting justice for the girls. This shows us that Symbiosis is watching their social media channels and responding to public pressure.
Our collective Twitter storm also managed to get some much-needed media attention -- you can read the Pune Mirror article here.
We must not stop here -- that’s why we want to carry out another round of social media ads raising awareness about the issue. But, we’ve used up our budget for ads. If 25 members like you contribute Rs. 400 each we can raise Rs. 10,000 and reach 30,000 Facebook users over a 5-day period.
UPDATE: 22 January 2019
The last three months have been eventful! While Snigdha and Apoorva have not yet been able to get back into college, they have inspired us with their courage to leave no stone unturned in their fight for justice.
Snigdha and Apoorva have taken the legal course to get their place back in the college -- they have filed a writ petition in Telangana High Court asking for official documents to prove why they have been expelled from college.
Your support through signatures, emails and phone calls to college authorities, and a successful Twitter storm have ensured the spotlight stays on the unjust treatments of these two students by bringing some much-needed media attention.
We are committed to supporting the students in their struggle -- and will need your continued actions to do this.
DATE: 15 November 2018
Dr. M.S. Shejul, Registrar, Symbiosis International
Dr. Sukhvinder Singh Dari, Deputy Director, SLS
“You are hereby requested to vacate the campus from today i.e. October 26, 2018 till further order.”
Exactly 20 days ago, two students at Symbiosis Law School, Hyderabad -- Apoorva Y and Snigdha Jayakrishnan -- received this hostel eviction notice. They had one thing in common -- both of them had revealed instances of harassment by a college professor and had called him out of Facebook.
They were also orally rusticated from the college. Is this what we want to offer the girls who muster the courage to speak up against harassment? Join us in asking the registrar at Symbiosis Law School, Hyderabad to take these girls back in the hostel and issue an enquiry on the accused professor.
The college is shut for a month for internships and these two students have their careers hanging in the balance as the college has asked them “wait until further notice.”
Let’s strike while the iron is hot -- Ask the college to take action NOW. Let’s show that we are not ready to wait.
The girls need your support because students standing up for them have been told not to. “College authorities have asked students to unlike our Facebook posts,” confirms Snigdha.
College authorities are also trying to cover this untimely rustication with “statements of truth” stating that this was a “disciplinary action” for abuse of social media, damaging reputation of the institute, disrupting the classroom amongst others, taken against the two students.
Let’s not allow these elements to hamper the fire of the #MeToo movement in India. Sign here so that we can ensure that the girls get their rooms and education back. Every small fight counts.