Bhubaneswar, December 5: In a bizarre incident, girls in an Odisha college were asked not to speak to boys on the roadside as it was considered to be a threat to their safety. According to a report by TOI, the students of Veer Surendra Sai University of Technology (VSSUT) in Burla region of the state were shocked to see a notice in their University campus, asking them to refrain from talking to boys. The college is located near Odisha's Sambalpur. The notice was put up at Rohini Hall of Residence, one of the five girls' hostels at VSSUT, on December 1. SNDT Hostel Warden in Mumbai Forces Female Student to Strip, Students Protest.
The notice, which was issued following the direction by the Vice-Chancellor, stated that anyone failing to abide by the rules, will face strict action by the college authorities. "As directed by the Honourable Vice-Chancellor, the borders of the Rohini Hall of Residence are directed not to talk with boys’ students on the roadside", the notice read. Girl Students Forced to Strip at Arunachal Pradesh School in 2017, NHRC Asks State to Pay Rs 5,000 Compensation to Each.
According to the report, VSSUT public relations in-charge, Professor P C Swain, confirmed the issuance of the notice and said they wanted to ensure the security of the girls in the college. The Dean of VSSUT Burla, Piyush Ranjan Das was quoted in a report by Odisha TV saying that the action was taken as there were a lot of complaints from parents and local police against crowding near Rohini hostel. Das informed that there was a need to take such a step as there were complaints of accidents.