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Alleged Dharamshala College Gangrape : No clue of victim, ABVP alleges principal hiding CCTV footage

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DHARAMSHALA – It’s been four days that the news of a case of alleged gangrape in Degree College Dharamshala is spreading to every part of Himachal through social media like Facebook and WhatsApp. The dailies aren’t sure about what’s going on. All that reputed newspapers could confirm is the news of regular protest from student organizations.

Presently, Dharmshala campus and the office of the SP, Kangra, Kapil Sharma, is under heavy security with policemen all around. The students alleged that when they had approached the SP, the gate of the office was closed, so they had to stage a protest outside his office. But the gate was opened a little later.

Also, report are coming that an FIR will filed by police along with constituting a SIT to investigate the case. The police has also announced a reward of Rs. 25, 000 for anyone who will provide relevant information regarding the case.

The SP Kangra has handed over the investigations to SSP Shalini Agnihotri, however, it’s still clueless about location and identifications of the victim. The SP has ensured that appropriate and unbiased investigation will be done. However, police claims that no family member and relative of the victim ever appeared to lodge a complaint.

According to a report in Tribune India, the SP, Kangra, Kapil Sharma, said

We have also not been able to identify the victim. The Principal of the college, in a statement before the police, said a woman came to his office and complained that her sister had been molested. He also failed to identify the victim or sister

We have also not been able to identify the victim. The Principal of the college, in a statement before the police, said a woman came to his office and complained that her sister had been molested. He also failed to identify the victim or sister.

On the other hand protesting students alleged that the police department and the principal are trying to protect the culprits by hiding factual information. The principal confirms receiving a complaint of sexual harassment on Friday when the sister of the victim had approached him at his office. The principal claims that even the complainant did not verify the identification of the victim.

For everyone, the trickiest part of the allegation is a question; where did the victim and her sister disappeared and why no relative or family member has appeared to verify the allegations?

Secondly, what the hell police doing with CCTV footages from past four days? The police still claiming that it’s investigating the footage, but, we guess, it’s taking too long.

Dharmashala college gangrape victim missing, students protest.

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Social media campaigns have begin demanding justice for the victim and student organizations have initiated series of protests in campuses. The student organizations sound sure about the confirmation of the allegation of extreme brutality and gangrape with an unidentified student.

The social media messages also alleged that culprits attempted to murder the victim at Tanda Medical College, where she was admitted in a very critical condition.

Himachal Watcher has also received these messages. Here is what is being circulated on social media and on some websites.\

Note: Himachal Watcher do not confirm any of these messages.

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It’s true that ABVP was the first to protest against the principal of the College alleging that he is trying to hush-up the factual information regarding the brutal gangrape with a first year college student. Now, SFI and NSUI have also begun staging protest in colleges. SFI staged a protest at Baijnath Degree College while ABVP again ‘Gheraoed’ the principal alleging that he had promised the students that the CCTV footage will be made available to them. However, the principal did not allowed them to view the footage, so they again ‘Gheraoed’ him.

The students also organized a protest rally in Dharamshala city and staged a protest outside the office of the SP, Kangra.

On the other hand, Amar Ujala confirms that the police claim that no such complaint was filed with them. No girl approached police station since the rumor of gangrape begin. While principal claims that when the sister of the victim had approached him with a complaint on Saturday, he had asked her to lodge a complaint with police too. However, the girl had replied that she had already been to police station but it did not filed a complaint as the culprits enjoy great political and financial influence.

Both or one of them, the police and the principal, is lying. If they aren’t lying, then there is no victim actually.

Meanwhile, police department has issues a press note requesting people not to fall for rumors on social media. Also, it requested people to come ahead with information and evidence if they have any. Here is complete press note:

Kangra Police Press Note
There are a few possibilities we can discuss here. One of them is that the gangrape did happen and the college authorities and the police and media are acting under the influence of high profile families of the culprits.

Second possibility hints that there is actually no victim because no one has come ahead to identify her. The girl, who claimed to be the sister of the victim, was not a student of the college. There must be someone who could, at least, identify a missing student in BA first year class. How tough is it? The college must have maintained records of all its students. There is a strong possibility that it can be rumor created for a purpose. The messages on social media appear to convey the same intensity as observed in case of ‘Nirbhaya’. May be, it’s intended to re-create a similar aggressive protest to disrupt law and order in the state.

However, at this point, it’s very hard to confirm validity of these messages being circulated on social media. So, please, try not to fall for them. We will keep you updated.

Madan has studied English Literature and Journalism from HP University and lives in Shimla. He is an amateur photographer and has been writing on topics ranging from environmental, socio-economic, development programs, education, eco-tourism, eco-friendly lifestyle and to green technologies for over 9 years now. He has an inclination for all things green, wonderful and loves to live in solitude. When not writing, he can be seen wandering, trying to capture the world around him in his DSLR lens.

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HP University: Student Agitations Over Vaccination Intensify, Delay in Opening Hostels Adds to Their Woes

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Shimla-While the Himachal Pradesh Government has put the vaccination of the 18-44 year age group on hold till July 9, voices demanding vaccination of all students and staff of Himachal Pradesh University are rising. Today a student organization demanded to open the varsity for all, including the hostels and library. In fact, students had been demanding the opening of the varsity library and hostels for some time now.

On Thursday, Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) had also met the Chief Warden, demanding opening of the hostels as students were compelled to spend on renting rooms or making alternate arrangements for stay to take their exams. It’s adding a financial burden on students, ABVP said.

The student body also highlighted the plight of students hailing from tribal areas where they don’t have Internet connectivity to carry on online learning.  

The National Students Union of India is already on a chain hunger strike for nearly a week over its demand to vaccinate all students and staff before conducting exams. If it is not possible for the state government, then cancel the exams, the student body is demanding. NSUI had also been protesting against offline exams and demanding online exams for the students of the first and second years.

NSUI has taken to social media to mobilize students and had been posting videos/photos of students addressing the government and the people on the problems they are facing due to offline exams.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Leaders of the Congress party, including the opposition leader, Mukesh Agnihotri and GS Bali, were seen supporting the student body by visiting their protest sites.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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“We know the entire world is suffering from COVID-19 and all educational institutions remained closed for more than one and a half year. But now all educational institutions should be opened for all as the situation is under control,” the Student Federation of India said in a memorandum submitted to the Vice-Chancellor today.   

Now, SFI has also included vaccination of university employees and students in its list of demands. 

SFI demanded that a permanent vaccination centre should be set up on the university campus.

“The only hope against the pandemic is vaccination. We demand setting up a permanent vaccination centre on the HP university campus so all students in summer could get vaccinated,” the student body said.

Other demands of SFI included issuing schedule for the pending recruitment exams  for the posts of non-teaching staff and Panchayat Sahayak, forms for which were invited in March 2020.

The student body said the varsity must conduct entrance exams for the admissions to postgraduate courses this year.

“Last year, we saw the university authority didn’t conduct entrance exams, which was against the varsity admission norms. The HP High Court had also declared it arbitrary and unethical. We demand that for the sake of quality of education, the varsity must conduct entrance exams for admission in postgraduate courses,” the student body said in its memorandum.

Further, the student body gave some suggestions to the varsity authority, which included strengthening the online mode of education, buy online web services/apps, like Microsoft Teams, Google Meet etc., and preparing for the third wave. 

It also suggested undertaking online assessments of the performance of students and teachers. The student body said that the varsity will have to prepare a proper pattern for the assessment of the students and offer an objective type alternate mode of examination.

Other suggestions included inviting the students for the practical examinations batch-wise and setting up face shields in the library to increase the capacity.

The student body also demanded extending library membership to all researchers and students till the completion of their courses.

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HPU Exams Without Vaccinating Students Opposed, If Online Classes Are Possible, Why Not Online Exams, Asks Student Body

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Shimla-Amidst the ongoing battle against the Covid-19 pandemic, Himachal Pradesh Government has decided to hold exams for various Under Graduate classes.

The HPU has released the date sheet for B.Ed 1ST and 3rd-semester exams. The date sheet for M.Ed exams has also been released by the university. Final examination schedule for B.A., B.Sc., B.Com, Hons. and Shastri courses were also released on the University website on Monday.

However, ahead of the warming for the third wave, which is predicted to hit within the next 7-8 weeks, an HPU student body has opposed the decision citing the risk posed to students by offline examination in the middle of a pandemic.

Students have also taken to social media and have been demanding the cancellation of exams. Students had been Tweeting this demand with the hashtag #cancelhpuexams.

They also questioned why the government was not considering the safety of the college students while exams of school students were cancelled.

The NSUI state unit on Monday submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minister through the Director of Higher Education demanding a statewide vaccination drive for students aged above 18 years before conducting the university exams. The student body also raised a demand for a reasonable reduction in the syllabus.

In a letter addressed to Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, the student body raised three demands. The body has asked the Chief Minister to ensure vaccination of all students before conducting exams. It proposed conducting online examinations if the government can’t vaccinate all students in such a short span.

“If online classes are possible, then exams should also be conducted online,” said Chattar Singh, the NSUI state president.

The student body also asked the state government to find an alternative medium for conducting exams so that students are not put at risk. The student body urged the state government to not use the students as “experimental kits.”

ABVP, SFI Demand Re-Opening of University Library

The state unit of SFI (HPU) and ABVP(HPU) on Monday raised the demand to re-open the university library which remained closed for the students due to the pandemic induced restrictions. In separate memorandums submitted to the University Library in-charge, both the student bodies have said the state government had allowed the re-opening of libraries with a capacity of 50% students on June 19. Despite the notification, the University has not released any notice regarding the same.

Research scholars are unable to pursue and complete their research without access to libraries. Students preparing for various exams are suffering a loss, ABVP said.  

SFI also raised concern over keeping students deprived of the 24×7 library section.

“The university takes pride in mentioning that it has a 24×7 section in its library. But the same section remains closed for the last one year and seven months. Last year, when the library was re-opened, the 24×7 section was kept closed,” SFI said. The student body has demanded that this students shouldn’t be kept deprived of this essential facility. 

SFI expressed disappointment over the lackadaisical attitude of the varsity authorities towards the demands for basic facilities. It said that while the students had been demanding the replacement of furniture in the libraries which is in a very poor state, the university administration is “busy installing sculptures.”  Despite demands, the varsity authority hasn’t moved a muscle, it said.

The student union has demanded the replacement of broken furniture, maintenance of the library washrooms and frequent sanitization of the library.

The student bodies have warned of protests if the varsity authority still doesn’t pay attention to their demands.

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Video: How HPBOSE Will Calculate and Allot Marks to Class 10 Students

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Shimla-The second wave of Covid-19 pandemic has washed out another academic session and disrupted the academic calendars of institutes. A

The HPBOSE recently notified its detailed criteria for compilation of result and promotion of students to the next higher class while focusing on, what it called, “Continuous Comprehensive Assessment (CCA)” and “Continuous Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE)”.

The notification came following the cancellation of the Annual Examination of Matriculation and Senior Secondary (Plus Two) classes of HP Board of School Education in wake of the pandemic.

The formula is based on class 9 result of the student, Class 10 first and second term exams, pre-board result, paper of one subject held on April 13, internal assessment and practical marks.

Himachal Watcher has prepared this video to help you understand the process.

Subject wise weightage will be allotted to students depending on the distribution of subjects by HPBOSE. Visit this link to check the weightage of marks per exams

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