Curfew timings for girls relaxed at BHU

Varanasi: After a sustained movement, looks like there is going to be good news for girls in the BHU as the varsity is all set to relax their hostel curfew timings.

The university start classes yesterday after a vacation break, which was advanced by three days because of the turmoil on the campus after protests over alleged molestation of a woman student turned violent.

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Senior administrative sources in the BHU are of the opinion that a proposal was in motion to extend the hostel outdoor timings from 8 p.m. to 9.30 p.m. for girls’ hostels.

It is worthwhile mentioning that inmates of girls’ hostels have been demanding equal curfew timings, arguing that the 10 p.m. deadline for boys was discriminatory and arbitrary.

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The Varanasi administration has assured the varsity that the new timings for girls would be “safe,” a senior BHU official said.

“The point has come for girls to feel that they are not trapped in time restrictions. They should not feel like they are in a jail,” the official said.

BHU chief proctor Royana Singh, at the front of the change, said the varsity was taking steps to make the campus safer and has so far installed 68 cameras on campus, including 24 at the six entrances.

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“Last evening, a girl alerted the QRT that three boys were lurking in the bushes near her hostel and called for help. The QRT acted on it and was able to identify the boys,” she said.