Within a week after the Hollywood actor Aamir Khan said to respect women, stating a real man can bring change with love and not by violence, Vice Chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University Lt Gen Zameer Uddin Shah denied the demand of Women’s College students for accessing the university’s central library on Tuesday.
While speaking at the oath taking ceremony of the Women’s College student’s union, where the demand for access to the Maulana Azad Library was made, Shah said that girls coming to the library will bring “four times more boys” to come to library. He has raised the problem of space, by mentioning that the library is already crowded.
Though VC has clearly stated that the decision is not taken regarding any discipline issue, College Principal Naima Gulrez has brought in the same factor of ‘discipline’ as a major issue and said "the library is jam-packed with boys, if girls too were present then the discipline issue might crop up,” extending her support to VC’s decision.
Meanwhile, the VC reportedly said, “We are not at all sexist. We want women empowerment and certainly don’t want to segregate our girls.” While stressing on the issue of space, the VC said that all the books in the library are available in online.
However, being stirred up himself within the controversy, VC has been now asked to submit a report on the ban of girls’ entry to the library, to the Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Zubin Irani.
According to reports, the women’s college students have not yet given membership in the library.
Amid, according to reports, National Federation of Indian Women general secretary Annie Raja commented that the VC doesn’t deserve to occupy his post. She said, "This shows the diseased mindset of the VC. He is not fit to sit in that position. Even the latest law says that if any person who follows women, it’s a crime. And if the VC fails, if his accusation is right, then he should take action against all those boys."
Pointing out VC’s claim of having less space as the reason for the ban, Raja said that they should be worried about the infrastructure rather than imposing ban on girls’ entry to the library. "If they say that boys are coming so there is not much space, then this is the question of their infrastructure. They should address the question of infrastructure rather than stopping girls. The library is meant for all students," she said.