SRM University, Kattakkulathur, Chennai saw a mass uproar by it’s students when a 2nd year college student was subjected to harassment in broad daylight by a staff member in the lift. The man allegedly masturbated in front of the female student, and was blocked from walking out of the lift when she tried. She only got out when the nearby students heard her screaming. The student was a North Indian, and this is supposedly not a new update for the students of SRM as it is notoriously known for multiple harassment and assault cases towards the northern state students.
The protest began when the students came to know that the victim was denied access to the CCTV footage of the lift area for 2 hours after the complaint was lodged and when the culprit was known, she was told to keep shush about it.
The girl initially complained to the hostel warden about the incident, and was criticised for her clothing choices rather than going forward with the complaint, as told by a 3rd year student of the same college and a senior to the victim. Even after the CCTV footage had been acquired and the culprit was recognized, the faculty waited hours before lodging an FIR.
This is not a new story for SRM University as there have been multiple cases of girls being harassed or assaulted in the hostel, many complaining that it is often the lift employee who is involved in this. As told by a student currently living in the hostel, the hostel has only one lift and due to rush it is often crowded. The man has been noted to touch the female students inappropriately and making lewd comments in Tamil language. The surprising fact, that it is often the male students of the college who complain as the employee is known to make sexually inappropriate comments in Tamil to the local students. The management is also notoriously ignorant of these complaints, and puts off such issues due to gathering of bad reputation.
It is often the North Indian female students who are victims of these activities, as the faculty of both the college and the hostel is hostile towards them, criticising their clothing choices, even when girls in SRM are frequently told to wear only Kurtis and traditional wear to classes.
As for the faculty members of the university, when approached to them about this incident, we were unable to get any response.
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