Accusing Cotton University students of assaulting a woman on Sunday night has brought the prominent educational institution into controversy.
As per reports, two burglars entered the premises of Mahendra Nath Deka Phukan(MNDP) hostel. While pursuing the thieves, hostel students attempted to intervene and accidentally struck the women. The woman claimed that the students deliberately struck her, alleging that they were under the influence of alcohol.
Cotton University’s General Secretary, Javed Akhtar, denied the allegations, stating that the individuals who assaulted the woman were not university students. He emphasized that the gates are closed after 9 pm to prevent such situations.
Akhtar informed The Assam Tribune, “Since our University is an open campus, controversies are rare, and matters worsen when only one perspective is showcased to the public. In response, we’ve implemented strict regulations, disallowing hostel residents from leaving their accommodations after 9 pm. Additionally, the university has installed CCTV cameras outside our hostels to safeguard the institution’s reputation”.
“Last night, the woman attempted to enter the MNDP hostel but was refused entry at the gate. The security guards detected the smell of alcohol on her breath, confirming her state of inebriation. Given the hostel’s proximity to the Railway Station, several youths were present outside, none of whom were university students. It’s possible that these individuals assaulted her, and she may have mistaken them for university students, or she could be providing false information”, he explained.
He stated that the police are encouraged to examine the CCTV footage to establish whether any of the individuals are registered at our university, confirming the university’s intention to supply the recordings later today.