The incident led to a student attempting suicide which led to protests
The Rabindra University teacher who forced 14 students to shave their hair has taken a complete U-turn on her stance on the matter, saying that no such incident took place and the allegations were part of a conspiracy against her.
Farhana Yasmin Baten, whose forced the first-year students to shave their hair, leading to one of them attempting suicide, stepped down from her posts as assistant proctor, chairperson of the Department of History, Culture and Bangladesh Studies and syndicate member.
During a meeting of Teachers’ Council members, heads of departments and proctorial body member on Tuesday at around 8 pm, Farhana Yasmin requested the seniors to settle the issue for the sake of her career, the university’s Bangla department head Laila Ferdous Himel told Dhaka Tribune.
She also voluntarily stepped down from the three posts she holds, she added.
Himel said that the students had agreed to attend exams on Wednesday when the teachers informed them about the development.
However, later on Tuesday night, during a talk show on Ekattor TV at around 11 pm, she claimed that no such incident had taken place and that the allegations were part of conspiracy against her.
She also claimed that the student who also participated in the talk show was lying and denied knowing him.
Her comments sparked fresh protests with the students demanding her termination.
The 11 students started a hunger strike, warning to fast until death if she is not terminated from the university.
The Teachers' Council members will sit for another meeting at 3pm on Wednesday to discuss the matter.
According to sources, Farhana Yasmin Baten cut off the hair of 14 examinees with scissors during the final exams as they reportedly ignored her warnings of having long hair on Sunday.
On Monday, before the commencement of another examination, the aggrieved students boycotted the exam and gathered at the gate of the temporary campus of the university, located at Shahjadpur Women's Degree College.
At the time, the teachers forced everyone to go to the examination hall.
Later, Farhana Yasmin called one of the students on Monday afternoon and insulted him for posting a status on social media about the haircut incident. She also threatened to expel him from the university.
Later that day, the student attempted to commit suicide at is room of Shah Mukhdum Hall by consuming 35 sleeping pills which triggered protests for her termination.