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Monday, July 25, 2016

Students allege moral policing on UoH campus

A week after the academic session began, students at the University of Hyderabad (UoH) expressed distress at the constant surveillance on campus.Students alleged that security guards are restricting their movement, especially of girls, on the campus and CCTVs have been installed at all major junctions and places where students gather, in a move that has now turned intimidating.

The varsity authorities had decided to tighten security following a clash between members of ABVP and a few students on July 16 over the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani in Kashmir. The university , soon after, issued a circular restricting students from holding public meetings or protests inside the campus. “Due to the CCTV camer as at the shopping complex, students who want to support protests or raise their voice against various issues are not coming forward, fearing that the cameras will capture their identity ,“ said Mitaji, a research scholar in the sociology department.

Students also said that for the first time, the administration has restricted entry of women into the men's hostel.“I was not allowed to give medicine to my friend in the men's hostel as the security guards stopped me at the entrance and threatened to call senior security personnel,“ said Debomita Mukherjee, an MA student of sociology . “For research purposes, we often have to work together with our male friends.But now, the security guards are raid ing men's hostels to remove women,“ said another research scholar.

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