IIT Madras: Moral policing with student consentEditorial Team156|0Last Updated:09:00 am, April 22, 2012
Authorities at IIT Madras stated that they would only enforce strict rules with student consent, but students were reported otherwise.
Video footage of the first 20 minutes of the three-hour meeting on April 18 is available online.
Students at one of the hostels complained that they were not allowed to sleep in their hostels between 9 am and 4 pm unless they had a medical certificate. Parents and Heads of Department would be informed should a student be found sleeping.
Other issues discussed included not being allowed to bring female members of family into hostel rooms. According to reports, the issue had been brought to the director’s attention but there had no response to date.
The administration has also responded to complaints of men on motorcycles harassing female students outside the campus by introducing self-defence classes for women.
Earlier, there were reports that women would have to be escorted by male students or carry a whistle with them. A faculty member had also stated that women should not be allowed outside safe zones as they were more vulnerable than men as they were physically weaker.
Faculty members clarified that they had proposed cuts in LAN as because student attendance was declining.
No comments were made about the leaked email exchange between professors.
Video footage of the meeting is available here.
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