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Agriculture University alleged detention of 5 Girls
« on: May 10, 2010, 02:52:17 PM »
Agriculture University alleged detention of 5 Girls

Faisalabad: A committee constituted by the University of Agriculture Faisalabad vice-chancellor to probe the issue of alleged detention of five girls at the hostel superintendent room got the desired statements from the victims by pressurising them, sources said on Saturday.

The sources said the inquiry committee, comprising Dr Tanvir and Ms Bushra, summoned the victims and grilled them one by one. The team had been pressing the girls for withdrawal of the application they submitted reporting their detention, use of filthy language and threats by the accused, they said.

According to the sources, initially the students resisted the pressure and asked the team members why they had been trying to save the skin of those who detained them for seven hours without any justification.

Five girl boarders were allegedly detained at the hostel on April 28 from 7pm to about 1am to probe into the issue of protest rallies organised against the varsity administration's decision of expulsion of more than one dozen ad hoc lecturers, allegedly to accommodate some blue-eyed persons.

Reacting to the expulsions, students of different departments had organised protest rallies on Apr 19 and Apr 28, demanding the restoration of the expelled lecturers that affected their research work.

The sources said the committee members had first dealt with the students strictly, threatening them with expulsion from the university and other punishments. However, seeing the girls were not budging on the issue, the team members tried to convince them to change their stance, saying they wanted to save their future, the sources added.

They said the committee members tore off the written statement of the girls and asked them to rewrite the document describing the detention incident as 'a little mistake' and that they had no intention to proceed against anyone.

Vice-Chancellor Dr Iqrar Ahmed, a day after the inquiry proceedings, visited the hostel and held talks with the boarders. The victim girls categorically told the VC that the inquiry committee had pressurised them to get the desired statements. The students told Dr Ahmed that application submitted by them seeking action against the hostel incumbents was based on facts. The girls said they were terrorised after they submitted the application while no action was taken against the accused.

Dr Ahmed assured the girls that they would not be called for any kind of inquiry onwards.

A senior faculty member, requesting anonymity, said the girls could not get justice from the so-called inquiry committees as all the people at the helm of the affairs were well aware of the questioning and detention of the girls at hostel.

He suggested the chancellor should constitute an independent committee to probe into quizzing of female students at night.