HYDERABAD: Teachers at the University of Hyderabad began a relay hunger strike on Thursday, protesting against the illegal raid on Dr. Gracious Temsen’s residence.
This raid was not only unconstitutional but also violated rights of privacy of an individual, here of a single woman from the North East, said a release adding that all efforts of the Teachers’ Association during the last two months to resolve the issue through dialogue failed. On Thursday, Abani Bhuyan, Professor in the School of Chemistry and K. Laxminarayana, Associate Professor in the School of Economics and president, University of Hyderabad Teachers’ Association sat on the hunger strike from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
UHTA reiterated its demands of a public apology to Dr. Temsen, a show-cause notice to the officials involved, constitution of an enquiry committee in consultation with UHTA etc.
On May 31, UoH security guards had searched the house of Temsen in her absence. While students of UoH have been protesting against police interference on campus, faculty members headed by University of Hyderabad Teachers Association (UHTA) has been demanding that the administration offer an unconditional apology to Temsen for violating her privacy.
Suspension of Dalits: In connection with the suspension of 5 PhD Dalit students for a semester at UOH, around 200 students, led by the Ambedkar Students Association (ASA) held OccupyAdminProtest on Thursday. The students demanded immediate revokation of the suspension order of Dontha Prasanth, president of Ambedkar Students Association, Velpula Sunkanna, P.Vijay Kumar, PhD Political Science, Ch Seshaiah, PhD Social Inclusion and Exclusion studies, Vemula Rohith, PhD Science and Technology.