More CCTVs, better lighting across campus in IIT-BHU after molestation case

More CCTVs, better lighting across campus in IIT-BHU after molestation case

Days after a college student in Varanasi was allegedly molested outside her hostel, the college authorities said that they had decided to increase CCTV surveillance, have better lighting around campus, and introduce security check posts among a series of other measures to ensure the safety of students.

On November 2, a student of IIT-Banaras Hindu University in Varanasi was allegedly molested by bike-borne men on campus in the early hours of the day.

In view of this incident, a joint meeting was held between the administrations of IIT-BHU and BHU to discuss student safety on campus.

The administrations agreed that constructing a boundary wall between the two institutions would not solve the security concerns and was not possible due to shared facilities such as hospitals, sewage systems, power, water supply, post office, and campus roads.

Instead, they decided to enhance security measures across the campus in a coordinated manner.

Among the measures agreed upon were the intensification of CCTV surveillance with the help of Varanasi Smart City Limited, improved lighting arrangements on campus routes, and stricter monitoring and security at all seven gates of the campus from 10 pm to 5 am to prevent the entry of anti-social elements.

Both institutions also committed to strengthening their respective Women's Grievance Redressal Cells and encouraging greater student participation.

A joint committee of faculty members from both institutes has been formed to coordinate efforts towards ensuring a safe environment for students.

The administrations appealed to all students and the entire BHU community to cooperate with the implementation of these measures and adhere to all rules and protocols.