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Forcibly cutting students' hair: Rabindra University teacher Farhana retains job

| Updated: November 29, 2021 18:28:34


Forcibly cutting students' hair: Rabindra University teacher Farhana retains job

Rabindra University has suspended Farhana Yeasmin Baten, an associate professor of the Cultural Heritage and Bangladesh Studies Department, from the academic activity for three years as a ‘punishment’ for forcibly cutting the hair of students.

University students have been demanding the removal or resignation of Farhana and have continued to stage protests, but authorities have not responded to their demands.

An office order on the final decision was posted on the notice board on Sunday, reports bdnews24.com.

Farhana has been ordered to refrain from all academic activity, including teaching and taking exams, until the end of all academic activity for students from 2017-18, 2018-19 and 2019-20 in the Cultural Heritage and Bangladesh Studies Department, the notice said.

On September 26, students alleged that Farhana had forcibly cut the hair of several first-year students.

She left her position as the chairperson of the university's Cultural Heritage and Bangladesh Studies Department, assistant proctor and a member of the proctorial board in the face of student protests. The university administration suspended her temporarily and formed a panel to probe the incident.

The probe panel submitted its report saying it had ‘proof’ the allegations against Farhana to be true. The students also continue their protests demanding she receives a permanent suspension.

On October 24, a student protester ‘consumed poison’ in a bid to kill himself, further igniting protests.

Two days later the students halted their protests after ‘assurances’ from university authorities regarding the removal of Farhana Baten from her post.

Meanwhile, a delegation from the University Grant Commission (UGC) went to the university on October 27 to investigate the incident.

They spoke to the students, the alleged teacher and officials and also to the probe committee formed by the university.

The final decision on Farahana’s suspension came a month later.

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