Government Women’s college protest against Bangalore based tabloid2 min read
Manipal: On September 7, as many as 1700 students from the Udupi, Ajjarkad Dr. G. Shankar Government Women’s First Grade College went out to stage a protest from the Clock Tower service bus stand to the District Commissioner’s office at End Point Road in Manipal, condemning a report published in a Bangalore based evening daily ‘Parasha’.
The Bangalore based tabloid attacked the institution by publishing an article, accusing a member of the faculty of sexually harassing the students and such actions being supported by the Principal. In this regard, the students of the institution alleged that it was a futile attempt by the tabloid to blot the image of the college and demanded an apology from the editor before September 10. On failing to do so, the students have threatened the district administration to hold a fast against the media house that shredded the repute of the college.
Mohair Shetty, an under-graduate student from the college said, “This protest has been organised only by the students of the college without any involvement or provocation by our faculty and staff. The tabloid has not only accused our college staff of sexual abuse but also has questioned the Muslim students on wearing the Burkha, considering our college has one of the highest number of Muslim students. A memorandum has been sent to the District Commissioner (DC) in this regard asking him to take action, latest by Monday.”
Later she added, “Our sentiments are deeply hurt by the views expressed by the tabloid and therefore we are carrying out this procession at a large level to create an impact. The article has not only led to tarnishing the image of the college but also raised questions on our moral character.”
The protest was called off later when the District Commissioner came down and assured the students that proper action will be taken against the editor.
“This is a direct blow to the reputation of our college but also its students, which is not at all acceptable. The editor of the magazine should come down and apologise to the faculty and students of this institution,” said Shruti Amin, a third year student from the college pursuing a degree in Communications.
Talking to TMJ, Dr. M.T. Reju, District Commissioner (DC) and District Magistrate (DM), Udupi remarked, “It is indeed a very unfortunate incident caused due to media organisations being hyperactive and publishing articles without solid proof. However, the issue is put under the scanner and we have sent a letter to the DC in Bangalore to find the whereabouts of the tabloid. The police have started a strict enquiry to confirm the validity of the article as well as requesting to take legal action against the editor of the tabloid.”
Sub-edited by Bhavani Seetharaman