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Royana Singh appointed as the new Chief Proctor of Banaras Hindu University

Thursday September 28, 2017 11:22 PM, & Agencies

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The BHU today appointed its first woman chief proctor after her predecessor resigned taking moral responsibility for the recent violence on the campus.

"Royana Singh, an assistant professor at the Institute of Medical Science (Anatomy Department), has been appointed as the Chief Proctor," a senior Banaras Hindu University (BHU) official said, according to PTI.

"She is the first woman in varsity's history to hold the post and also heads the women grievance cell of the university," the official said.

The chief proctor's appointment was approved by Vice Chancellor Girish Chandra Tripathi following the resignation of O N Singh - the Chief Proctor, following the violence in the university after the alleged molestation of a girl student.

The Banaras Hindu University (BHU) erupted in violent protest after a 21-year-old girl student was allegedly molested and the university administration failed to take any action.

Tension in the university campus escalated further after videos showing police baton charging the girl students went viral in the media.

The state government later suspended few top officials and ordered a probe even as the Vice Chancellor announced holidays days ahead of the scheduled time.

Things also went out of control because of the attitude of the BJP leaders, and after senior party MP Subramanian Swamy equated the protest of the students with the Naxalite Movement.

Meanwhile, the Joint Action Committee (JAC) of BHU is demanding the suspension of Vice Chancellor G.C. Tripathi.

Earlier in the day, the Varanasi District Magistrate had written to the BHU Registrar asking him to take immediate steps to address the concerns of the female students.

Police too are investigating the alleged molestation of the girl student and the FIRs against students for allegedly indulging in arson and attack on police.

The commissioner and ADG submitted the 'fact-finding' report to the government on Tuesday.

The commissioner refused to share details, but sources said the report held some police and district administration officials guilty for the cane charge.

It, however, largely targeted the university administration for intensifying the situation, sources said.

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