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How to deal with sexual harassment in DU? Here’s how

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2007

Everybody knows that sexual harassment is rampant in Delhi University. Girls endure lewd comments and even groping on an almost daily basis. It goes on inspite of article XIV-D and heavy policing on campus. In fact, the police seems to add to the problem for they are very evidently not sensitized to the issue and just can’t deal with the problem in an acceptable manner. It is obvious that some institutional changes are required to tackle this problem.

United Students has recommended that the following steps be taken to deal with this menace in an effective and lasting way:

1. Install gates to make North Campus an enclosed university area, with regulated entry through the use of tokens.

2. Establish a university security force, which ought to be specially sensitized to deal with cases of sexual abuse, and should comprise of a good number of student volunteers. The force must’ve a 50/50 male-female ratio.

3. Establish a strong statutory body on the lines of the GSCASH [Gender Sensitization Committee Against Sexual Harassment] in JNU to deal expeditiously with cases of sexual harassment against students, teachers and karamcharis.

US protests sexual harassment in Delhi

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2007


On the occasion of Daughters Day [Sunday, 23rd September 2007] United Students, Delhi’s premier students organization organized a protest meeting at Central Park, CP to highlight the recently reported and shocking cases of sexual harassment in Delhi University and to suggest remedial measures.

Background: Candidates appearing for a police recruitment test in the North Campus on Sunday, 16th September had violently molested several girls in the campus area. Many of the victims belonged to the Indraprastha College and when the girls had gone to the police about the incidents, the cops on duty had refused to file complaints, and had passed insensitive comments to boot.

Its only after several hundred students assembled in front of the Vice Chancellor office within the next 3 days to demand justice, was the administration woken out of its slumber, once the media and the National Commission for Women had got involved in the issue.

However, over the last three weeks the university administration as well as the NCW has done little about this case, and are also clueless about how to deal with the recurring problem of sexual harassment in the campus.

Thus, United Students decided to take this issue out to the common people of Delhi, by organizing a large protest meeting in Connought Place, and by involving parents and guardians of students of the university. We got a great response from the people of Delhi, and everybody was one on the view that sexual harassment has become rampant in the city, and there is pressing need of changes at the insitutional level to deal with this menace.

Delhi University Election Results

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2007

Nikhita Arora of United Students finished fourth for the President’s post in the recently concluded Delhi University Students Union elections securing 1156 votes.

This is a decline from last year, when Aaditya Dar of US got 4,300 votes for the same post, but it should not be forgotten that polling this year was at an all-time low of 25% as opposed to 53% last year.

United Students takes pride in the fact that it is perhaps the only independent [of political affiliation and ideology] group that has stood the test of time to contest 2 consecutive DUSU elections, and we shall continue to take up students’ issues at all possible fora.

Thank you all for your support during the campaign. In particular I’d like to thank Nikhita Arora [for contesting inspite of family pressure], Ekta Marwaha, Krishna Kaul, Vaishali Rawat, Vindhya Malik, Sonakshi Babbar, Ishita Tiwary, Nupur Mittal, Kush Verma, Nikhil Bhaskar, Vikas, Dhananjay, Shruti, Samar, Upen, Dhruv Suri and last but not the least Mr. Sanjay Kaul.

Posted by: Ritwik Agrawal for United Students.

Nikhita Arora to run for president

Friday, August 31st, 2007

Nikhita Arora, a student of Economics (Year III) of Kirori Mal College is contesting for the post of President of the Delhi University Students Union [DUSU] under the banner of United Students on ballot no. 6.

 United Students, a premier grouping of Delhi University students intervened in the DUSU polls last year too, with its presidential candidate Aaditya Dar [who was the only anti-quota candidate in the fray] securing 4,300 votes and finishing third, ahead of the representatives of several established political parties.

During the course of its campaign so far, the group has highlighted its work for the student community in the last one and a half year, and is taking up the issues of clean politics, transportation for students, safety [especially of girl students], cleaning up of toilets, reservations etc.

For more information, and to help out, please contact Ritwik on 9873554908 or Nupur on 9868870647 or Kush on 9810208668.

Supreme Court to hear OBC issue from August 7

Wednesday, August 1st, 2007

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Thursday decided to hear from August 7 the issue of Constitutuional validity of the law providing 27 percent quota for the OBCs in elite educational institutuions.

A Bench headed by Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan said that the matter will be heard by a five-judge constitutuion Bench.

The Court will hear on July 31, the Centre’s application seeking vacation of the March 29 interim order staying the implementation of the provision of the controverstial legislation providing reservation for the OBCs.

A Bench of Justices Arijit Pasayat and L S Panta on March 29 had stayed the implementation of section six of the Central Educational Institutions (Reservation in Admission) Act 2006 providing quota for the OBCs in Central educational Institutions.

The same Bench had on earlier two occassion refused the Centre’s plea for its vacation.

Supreme Court stays proceedings in Sabharwal murder trial

Thursday, July 12th, 2007

The Supreme Court on Wednesday stayed the trial in the Sabharwal murder case raising questions whether there is any mockery of justice hoping that the case would not go the ”Best Bakery” way where all the witnesses turned hostile.

The court also sought an explanation from the Madhya Pradesh Government what action it has taken against the police officers turning hostile witnesses.

Voicing concern over the manner in which the police officers who were reportedly eyewitnesses to the killing of the Ujjain professor turned hostile, a bench of Justice Arijit Pasayat and D K Jain hoped that the case does not turn out to be another ”Best Bakery” incident where all the witnesses turned hostile.

”What action have you taken against those police officers who resiled from their earlier statements? Would not the trial be a mockery if your police officers turned hostile?,” the court asked.

‘Our anxiety is that every police officer will be given a clean chit. We have seen what has happened in the Best Bakery case,” the bench said looking towards the MP government’s counsel who was present in the court.

Professor Sabharwal died after he was allegedly beaten by ABVP workers outside the Madhav College campus on August 26 last year following the cancellation of the student union polls.

The state government has been asked to reply within four weeks specifying what action it has taken against the three policemen who withdrew their statements.

(Source: NDTV | link)

US writes to E. Sreedharan, to meet Transport Minister

Sunday, July 8th, 2007

Press Release

Delhi University students ask for Metro fare reduction: transport to College costs more per month than the course fees for the whole year, say students.
· To meet transport Minister Haroon Yusuf on Monday 9th for shuttle bus services and additional DU specials

New Delhi, 8th July 2007:  Students of Delhi University under the United Students group have written to the DMRC Chief E. Sreedharan asking him to revise his view on offering students a special metro fare.

Students had earlier written to him suggesting that a special fare could be worked out for students going to and coming back from the Vishwavidyalaya Station only as a beginning but he had cited losses as a reason to deny the possibility. Students have yesterday written to him again asking him to reconsider the decision as in many cases the cost of transport to and from the DU was more than the annual fees. Students have also argued that a comparison with other metros shows that students everywhere get preferential rates.

Krishna Kaul, who is coordinating the Metro fare issue for United Students in his letter has also asked that the DMRC Chairman support their demand with the Fare Fixation Committee.

In a related development, Transport Minister Haroon Yusuf has agreed to meet a delegation of United Students members in relation with the issue of starting Shuttle Bus services for the North and South Campus which has added to the transport costs of students. The meeting has been fixed for 3.30 in the afternoon at the Minister’s office.

“Students have to shell out 20-30 rupees for traveling within the campus in the North while eveningers and others have to pay exorbitant rates to autos from Dhaulakuan to the South campus merely because there is no convenient way to travel this distance for students,” said Ritwik Agarwal who is coordinating the Shuttle Bus issue for the group.

Students expect to convince the Minister that a hop-on, hop-off shuttle bus service could take care of the entire issue without costing a lot of money in both the campuses.

“The introduction of a shuttle in the North and South Campus will not only save students precious amounts of money but also make the campus a cleaner place and far safer for girl students”, said Nupur Mittal, also a coordinator for the group.

Aldeena Raju, a Miranda House student and a US member said, “Today in the North Campus, hundreds of cycle rickshaws, buses, cars, motorcycles have made the campus look like a fish market while allowing hundreds of unauthorized people entry into the campus. A shuttle service will allow only authorized entry and provide a single mode of transport for students, faculty and service providers.”

Similarly in the South Campus, students, particularly girl students who cannot afford to pay Rs. 20 for trips between Dhaulakuan and the South Campus are often having to walk the distance come rain, heat or a dark evening. This needs to be stopped in the interest of safety and convenience, said the students.

For more information pl. contact Ritwik on 9873554908 or Nupur on 9868870647

Guidance for DU admission seekers

Thursday, June 7th, 2007

This set of frequently asked questions about the Delhi University admissions process is likely to be a lot of help for freshers.

It deals with questions about hostel admissions, correspondence courses, sports quota, sc/st admissions, foreign student admissions, entrance tests etc etc.

Click here.

Still got doubts about the admission process? Drop a line to and we’ll get back to you FAST.

*The FAQs have been made available by the university itself and are reproduced on this website for the benefit of admission seekers.

calling all aspiring journalists

Thursday, June 7th, 2007

United Students is planning to soon launch a campus newspaper for Delhi University students.

All those who’ve something to say, and  who can say it well, in Hindi or English are invited to contribute at the earliest.Articles, reports and photos are all welcome.

Those skilled at editing, rewriting or designing are also invited to apply.Email your entries to

In case of any queries, just contact US at the above email address or leave a comment to this post.

new admits mentorship campaign

Tuesday, June 5th, 2007

United Students members and volunteers helping out admission seekers at Delhi University north campus as part of our annual New Admits Mentorship campaign: 



(photos by Aditya Raj Kaul)


UNITED STUDENTS is looking for volunteers to help out admission-seekers to Delhi University from the 1st-15th June [not necessary for everybody to work every single day, obviously].

Here are the details:
1. We shall be offering admission related help, from the 1st to 15th of June [no sundays], at the admission centres notified by DU.
2. Timings: 10-AM to 1PM.
3. Volunteer responsibilities would include handing out information leaflets[provided by US], answering simple OMR-form related questions, basic course and college details etc. Basically, any second year student can easily handle the responsibilities. Senior US members would be at hand to help, whenever required.

Volunteers would be given certificates by People’s Action.

For registering yourself, please contact [as soon as possible] RITWIK at 9873554908 or

Remember you were a facchaa once and could’ve done with a little hand-holding!

US briefs the media on latest campaign

Thursday, May 31st, 2007

United Students briefed the media on thursday, 31st May 2007 about our latest campaign for rationalization of transport costs for Delhi University students which will run in conjunction with our annual “new admits mentorship programme” from the 1st - 15th June 2007 to help admission seekers at the university.

US members brief the media in New Delhi

Press Release

United Students start campaign to seek rationalization of transport costs for students : travel costs in a month equivalent to a year’s fees, say group members.

Group will run a campaign coinciding with its admissions mentorship programme for new admission seekers.

New Delhi , 31st May, 2007 : Members of United Students, the group that initiated the campaign against caste-based reservations last year and organized a new student’s union to fight the DUSU elections has today kicked off a campaign to highlight the abnormal costs of travel borne by University students.”When the cost of travel per month begins to equal your annual fees, you know that there is something seriously wrong at a policy level,” said Aaditya Dar, Chief Coordinator of the group.United Student volunteers will start a signature campaign to make admission-seekers aware of what their real expenses will be once they join college and secure the support of parents who will be accompanying them during the admission process.

“US members will run this campaign along with their annual campaign to help admission seekers with information, insight and assistance during the admission process,” said Dar

Ritwik Agrawal, a member and student of Hindu College said, “We have done an analysis of approximate cost of traveL to and from Delhi University for students and we find that for some students living in areas like Dwarka, just the Metro cost is a stupendous Rs. 42 per day. Add to that the auto or cycle rickshaw costs, the DTC Pass and other transfer costs and we have a monthly bill touching Rs. 3000 per month in some cases.”

Nikhita Arora, another member and student of Kirori Mal College said, “We had petitioned the DMRC Chairman to rationalize the Metro fares for students but he summarily rejected our plaint. Similarly, a letter to the Transport Minister of Delhi for augmentation of University Specials and a special shuttle service in North and South campus has gone unanswered”.

The recent indications that the DTC Pass will also cost more has got the students body up in arms. “Everywhere else in the world students are subsidized to the extent that they can move about freely – this is the only instance in the world where the transport and conveyance costs more than the fees for an education,” said Ishaan Wadhwa, a student of Venkateshwara College in South Campus.

For more information, please contact Ritwik Agrawal on 9873554908 or at