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Forced Haircut at Rabindra University

11 students go on hunger strike

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 30 September, 2021 12:00 AM
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Eleven aggrieved students of Rabindra University went on a fast-unto-death strike on Wednesday, demanding removal of teacher Farhana Yasmin Baten who forcefully cut their hair at an examination centre.

The first-year students gathered on the university campus in Sirajganj and began a hunger strike.

In the wake of the student protest, Farhana has resigned from the posts of the assistant proctor, the proctorial body and chairperson of the Department of History, Culture and Bangladesh Studies.

Earlier, she discussed the issue with the members of the Teachers’ Council and heads of different departments.

However, the teacher claimed in a TV talk show that no such incident had taken place and the allegations against her were a part of conspiracy.

Students alleged that Farhana cut off the hair of 14 examinees with scissors while they were entering a classroom to sit for their final exam last Sunday.

Earlier, the teacher asked the students to cut their hair.

Rajib Adhikari and Jannatul Ferdous Moon, teachers of the Department of History, Culture and Bangladesh Studies, witnessed everything but did not say anything.

The next day, before the beginning of another examination, the aggrieved students boycotted the exam and gathered at the university gate.

According to the students, Farhana called Nazmul Hasan Tuhin, one of the 14 students, on Monday afternoon and insulted him for posting a status on social media describing everything. She also threatened to expel him. The student felt humiliated and consumed 35 sleeping pills on the same day. He is now fighting for his life at Enayetpur Khwaja Yunus Ali Medical College Hospital. Doctors said his condition was critical.

The incident sparked agitation among students who staged a protest on the university campus.

Meanwhile, the university authorities formed a five-member committee to investigate the incident.