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Ramjas insists on moral signs.

SENSITISATION against gender violence has gained importance in Delhi University of late, but Ramjas College seems to be taking it all a little too seriously.

The North Campus college is asking prospective students and their parents to submit an anti- sexual harassment affidavit.

This is in addition to the antiragging affidavit that all Delhi University applicants must submit with their other certificates as part of the admission process.

Ramjas is off the blocks too early.

Other colleges like SRCC and Maharaja Agrasen College want the affidavit only after students start their first year, but Ramjas has made it mandatory as part of the admission paperwork. Many students, especially girls, at Ramjas College, say the Ramjas move is an annoyance. Most girls are also quite puzzled why they are being asked to submit such an affidavit.

" I do not understand why girls are being asked to sign the antisexual harassment affidavit.

Crime is against us, not men," a woman applicant at Ramjas College said. Another applicant found the extra affidavit an additional formality to be fulfilled. " It is the last day of admissions and the college says they won't accept our application without the affidavit," said Rishita, another applicant.

Ramjas is one of the few to make the submission of this affidavit compulsory for admission. The college administration has been doing so for the past few years after the Supreme Court delineated anti- ragging guidelines. In fact, some DU hostels also ask students to submit this affidavit. " The anti- ragging affidavit is not compulsory for all colleges. They ask their students to submit it during or after admissions. But the anti- sexual harassment affidavit is optional for colleges," said an associate professor from Ramjas college.

University officials admit that it would not be correct if only male students are asked to sign the affidavit. " There should be no discrimination on this. It is a good move. And all students should be educated on this front. Such behaviour should be avoided by all students in colleges," an official said.

College asks admission seekers to submit anti- sexual harassment affidavit

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Date:Jun 30, 2013
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