Banaras Hindu University (BHU) vice chancellor Girish Chandra Tripathi has claimed that the incident of sexual harassment that led to protests by students at the varsity was created by outsiders. Speaking to Indian Express he said that even as the campus has adequate security measures in place, “security for boys and girls can never be at par.” While calling Thursday’s incident “unfortunate” he added, ” I am very sad about it. But sometimes issues are there and some issues are created. This issue was created. I think this issue was created by outsiders and the shape it took is what is more unfortunate than the initial incident itself”.
Pointing out that some people with ulterior motive had triggered the incident, Tripathi further said that if students any grievance, they should have complaint to the university. “But there is a mindset to disturb institutions of higher learning. BHU is not alone. Every university in the country is being disturbed,” he added as per the paper.
Tripathi further said that it was very infortunate that those who should have been sympathising with the victim, have instead used her for political gains. “The victim spoke to us and she was satisfied with the measures we were taking to address her complaints. In fact, she was unhappy about the politics created around the incident that happened to her,” he told Indian Express.
After being asked who as per him politicised the entire incident, the vice chancellor said that these people were those, who are not committed to the nation but work for their individual selves. “I am doing my best, the university is doing its best to ensure women’s safety on the campus. We are arranging for streetlights and deploying more guards,” he told Indian Express.
When questioned on how could the incident happen even when there is adequate security in the university, the vice chancellor added as per the paper, “Incidents can happen and they do. There are 10,000 girls living here on campus. We can ensure their safety in the hostel, that is why there are curfew timings. But there are no such timings on the road outside, incidents happen. But what is important is how we handle the incident. This is such a big campus, anything can happen anywhere. We cannot assign a guard to every student”.