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Rabindra University students call off protest on Dipu Moni’s assurance

  • Published at 11:57 am October 2nd, 2021
Students protest in front of the administration building demanding the expulsion of suspended assistant proctor Farhana Yasmin Baten at the Rabindra University in Sirajganj on Friday, September 25, 2021
File photo: Students protest in front of the administration building demanding the expulsion of suspended assistant proctor Farhana Yasmin Baten at the Rabindra University in Sirajganj on Friday, September 25, 2021 Dhaka Tribune

Student protesters say they however will continue a peaceful demonstration in front of the academic building until the accused teacher is expelled

Protesting students of Rabindra University in Sirajganj withdrew their movement on Saturday after receiving assurances from Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni.

They reopened the gates to the administrative building on Saturday around 11am, after more than 30 hours.

However, the students then gathered in front of the academic building, vowing to continue the movement until the expulsion of suspended assistant proctor Farhana Yasmin Baten.

Shamim Hossain, a spokesperson of the protesting students, told Dhaka Tribune that he had spoken with Education Minister Dipu Moni Saturday morning and based on her assurance decided to withdraw the protest.

"But, we will continue the peaceful sit-in program in front of the academic building. We will opt for tougher measures if our demands are not met by Tuesday," Shamim said.

Earlier, senior officials, including the VC, were locked inside the administrative building on Friday morning by the protesters.


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Later, in the face of student protest, Farhana stepped down from three posts at the university.The night before, authorities suspended Farhana during an urgent meeting of the syndicate committee.

The university authorities also withheld all ongoing examinations until further notice during the 16th special Syndicate meeting, chaired by acting vice chancellor Abdul Latif.

On September 26, Farhana trimmed the hair of at least 14 male students hair against their will, proof of which was later found by a probe committee.

Unable to bear the humiliation, one of the students tried to commit suicide, sparking protests.

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