Puthucherry, 14-11-2013: The suspended students of Pondicherry University called off their hunger strike temporarily in its 10th day as the Ministry of Human Resource Development ensured Dr. V. Sivadasan, the national president of SFI and the MPs who intervened in the issue to look into the issues and take necessary action. On the same day the Madras High Court stayed the suspension of six more students who reacted against the ragging and sexual harassment along with Kavya M., the victim whose suspension order was stayed by the court last week. The court order is a major blow to the University which is totally insensitive to the gender issues that prevalent in the campus.
In the history of the Pondicherry University this is the first time that a student movement has gained its goal. There have been several incidents of sexual harassment in the campus, even by the faculties in the recent past; but the authority turned a blind eye towards all these cases. Presently the University does not have a properly functioning mechanism to deal with sexual harassment issues which is must in the higher education institutions according to the Supreme Court and the U.G.C.
In this context students from across the country studying in the University came in support of the suspended students and their cause. The suspension order has brought to the fore not only the insensitivity of the University, but also its autocratic stance, the students said. In these 10 days of hunger strike, many students from schools and colleges of Pondicherry and Tamilnadu boycotted their classes and came in support of the strike.