DCW Sends Notice to Hindu College Principal Over Hostel Issue

Principal Srivastava has 48 hours to respond to the notice or will face appropriate legal action.

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Students protest over discriminatory rules in the new Hindu College Hostel. (Courtesy: <a href="https://www.facebook.com/pinjratod/?fref=ts">Facebook/Pinjra Tod</a>)

The Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) has issued a notice to the Principal of Hindu College on 4 May over the issue of accommodation of girls in the hostel.

A senior official from the DCW said that the Commission has received a representation from students of the college regarding the high fee structure and discriminatory rules for girls in the newly constructed hostel.

They further claimed that despite the construction of the hostel, the college has not yet provided accommodation to girls in the hostel.

The report , which was sent to Hindu College Principal Anju Srivastav ,mentioned that the decision of not providing hostel facilities was taken after protests erupted against the discriminatory practices and rules of the college against girl students.

In a recent circular, the college had said it will not admit students to its new girls’ hostel this year. The move came in the backdrop of protests by students over high fees and mandatory dress code for hostellers.

The DCW has directed Srivastava to respond to the allegations within 48 hours of notice or face appropriate action under the law.

Prima facie, such an act by the college appears to be discriminatory and a violation of the Constitutional rights of women. The fact that a prestigious college such as Hindu College has allegedly taken such a step is even more disturbing.
Delhi Commission for Women’s notice to Hindu College Principal Anju Srivastav

The Delhi Commission for Women Act, 1994 mandates the DCW to investigate and examine all matters relating to the safeguards provided for women in Delhi and make recommendations to the government on the same.

Also Read: Pinjra Tod: Girl Students Share Stories of Hostel Discrimination

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