Chhatra League men sexually harass female students at JU; complaint filed

Jahangirnagar JU

A female student of Jahangirnagar University on Thursday filed a complaint with the university proctor’s office alleging that a group of rowdy activists of the ruling Awami League-backed student organisation Bangladesh Chhatra League assaulted her and her friend on the campus on Tuesday during Bangla New Year celebrations.

The victim, a second year student, stated that five to eight Chhatra League men led by JU unit Chhatra League assistant press secretary Nishat Imtiaz Bijoy, third year journalism and media studies student, and Shaheed Salam Barkat unit publication secretary Nafiz Imtaiz, chemistry student, stopped her at Chaurangy of the campus on her way to the hall from her department with one of his friends at about 7:30pm after the celebration of Pahela Baishakh.

‘The BCL leaders snatched  my bag and physically assaulted me and my friend…They  tried to tear my clothes and hurled abusive words at us and beat up my friend as he came up at my rescue,’ the victim stated.

“We were returning to our residential hall after attending a programme of our department. The five [BCL activists] stopped us at Chourangi and tried to drag us to a nearby bush,” she told bdnews24.com.

Her classmate said one of the attackers pulled her clothes as well.

“They fled after we started shouting for help,” she added.

The other attackers were Abdur Rahman Ifti of the anthropology department, Nurul Kabir of the history department and Rakib of geography and environment. They all are the residents of Shaheed Salam Barkat Hall, belong to the 43rd batch and are known to be followers of BCL’s JU unit General Secretary Rajib Ahmed., the statement added.

JU proctor Tapan Kumar said that the allegation had been sent to the anti-sexual harassment cell for investigation.

Head of the university anti- sexual harassment cell Rasheda Akter, also the students’ welfare centre director, said, ‘I have received the allegation. Steps would be taken after investigation.’

JU Chhatra League suspended the accused students from the organisation and demanded their exemplary punishment.

Students and teachers have condemned the attack but the female students say they fear for their safety.

Source: New Age and bdnews