Following the recent molestation incident at the Banaras Hindu University, where a student was allegedly molested by three boys outside the university, the university’s Chief Proctor’s report has called it a case of ‘eve-teasing’ rather than molestation. Moreover, the Vice-chancellor of BHU, Girish Chandra Tripathi, has told the Indian Express that “if we listen to every other girl, we won’t be able to run the university”. In a state (Uttar Pradesh) that has seen 33% rise in crimes against women, aren’t these statements insensitive?
The victim, who was a student of BHU, was touched inappropriately and verbally abused by three boys on a bike at 6 pm on September 21. Soon after the incident, the victim complained to the warden, thinking the warden will help her out. But shockingly, the warden asked the girl why she was out late at night and inquired why she tried to “act like a boy”. Students started protesting thereafter and some were even lathicharged.
The National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB) has recorded a 33% rise in crimes against women in Uttar Pradesh between the years 2014-2015, of which 74% of the cases have gone unpunished. Therefore, isn’t it insensitive for the Vice Chancellor of the university to throw up his hands and ask how it is possible to hear each and every girl’s complaint?
Tripati went further and blamed it on politics. “This is so unfortunate that those people, who should have been sympathising with the victim, used her for political gains. “, Tripathi told the Indian Express.
The incidence of crimes against women have risen as women have started to report these crimes. With an outlook which tries to suppress these incidents through victim-shaming, the female population will always feel scared. In a state with anti-Romeo squads, isn’t it time to look into the issues that are generally blamed on the victim?