First year students of Beed Dental College heaved a sigh of relief on Thursday.
Following two DNA reports (January 9 and 10), political parties stepped in demanding a stop to harassment of city student in Aditya Dental College in Beed. Encouraged by the support, 70 to 80 students joined hands and complained to the collector against the college.
But, the police are still refusing to register a complaint against the college.
On Thursday, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena and the Shiv Sena activists met the college authorities. They demanded a stop to the continuous harassment meted out to city students whom the college suspected had complained to the media about its poor infrastructure. The students had lodged a complaint with the district collector.
Avkash Jadhav, a corporator from Mumbai, said, “After reading about the plight of the students in DNA, we decided to help the students. The Yuva Sena is supporting the students and we have sent a letter to the management asking them to stop the harassment.”
Irked, many students are coming back home to Mumbai. “We are demanding a transfer to a better institute. For three days, six girls had to bear the torture of the authorities,” said one of the students said.
One night, the students were forced to stay in the workers’ quarters. The college authorities abused the students, insulting their modesty. “But even after all this, the police are refusing to lodge a complaint,” he said.
Jayant Jain, president of the Forum For Fairness in Education, an NGO to whom the students had complained about the poor infrastructure in the college, said: “Why is the police not willing to lodge a complaint? It is clear that the police and the college management have a nexus.”
Jain, along with students, will meet the government officials on Friday.
When DNA called up Aditi Sarda, one of the college authorities, she said the allegations were baseless and students had vested interests behind the allegations. But, parents complained that the college had taken signatures from fellow students against few other students, falsely implicating them in the issue.