Do you see something wrong with a 4th year B.Tech, Electrical Engineering student wanting to be able to stay out long hours and exit the campus freely to continue working with a nonprofit startup the student has helped to found?
According to this link, the request was “not only turned down”, but the student was “also admonished and ridiculed for the same.”
Can you see what made the request seem so ridiculous to those who had the authority to deny it?
Because the student was a female student. (It seems the male students face no such restrictions or ridicule for wanting similar opportunities)
She described her encounter with the Pro-Vice Chancellor in a post on her Facebook profile. Another female student (who wishes to remain anonymous) supported her, and wrote some Facebook posts of her own. The posts attracted the attention of the VIT Student Council President, and they were advised to hold an opinion survey, to determine whether other female VIT students also have similar objections to gender inequality on campus.
At anonymized results are published here.
The two female students were each asked to remove their Facebook posts relating to Gender Discrimination at VIT, at the threat of losing their degrees. Following a combination of threats from VIT administrators and urging from their parents, the two women deleted their Facebook posts advertising the survey.
The survey itself and the daily-updated results are controlled by E4D Director Ted Moallem, who has declined to remove the survey/results, at least until VIT acknowledges the gender discrimination issue and takes concrete measures to address it. [FROM – http://edu4development.org/vit-survey-and-fallout/]
Is empowerment possible without a Voice and without Freedom? And how does one fight discrimination without freedom?
In a bid to silence criticism of its rules, the VIT University, Vellore, has sent home two women students after they posted Facebook comments questioning rules imposed on girl students alone.
Students said the online survey was an eye-opener with many respondents stating that the discrimination was unfair and the curfew deprived them of many opportunities. “You can either go for a GRE/ MBA class or volunteer with an NGO, not both, because you can go out only once a week,” …..
And here is why, I think, the discrimination is so easy to implement,
Meanwhile, father of one of the students said the university was not at fault, and that they had brought back their daughter, as “she had a misconceived idea that the university was discriminating against women.” [Two VIT students sent home for dissent]