(Web Desk) – The Vice Chancellor of a central university in India had reportedly asked all women employees, including faculty members, not to stay later than 6 pm in their campus offices.
According to The Times of India, the VC of Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University (BBAU), R C Sobti send out the order on Monday and claimed that it was aimed at guaranteeing the safety of female staff and employees. The order stated that any women employee who had to stay in their office beyond 6 pm would have to specifically seek out the VC’s permission.
The university spokesperson, Govind Pandey, came out in support of the order saying that recently there had been a number of “untoward incidents” and it is basically to avoid these “that the vice-chancellor has asked women employees not to stay in office beyond 6pm”.
However, many women employees of the university angrily criticised the order saying that it was a transparent attempt to restrict their freedom in the name of security. One female officer, who wanted to remain anonymous, also asked why then had the university reportedly spent Rs 10 million on installing CCTV cameras on the premises for maximum security, if not to prevent such incidents.