Poor toilet facilities in the government college for women in Pudukottai district have been forcing girl students to relieve themselves in the open. On Thursday, a man who trespassed into the college through a damaged compound wall was found videographing some students. While the college maintains that no such incident happened, Pudukottai town police confirmed that a man was indeed handed over to them by students and they were investigating the matter.
A holiday was declared for the college on Friday to pre-empt a protest by students against principal B Buvaneswari who, they allege, has taken no action. When a team of revenue officials inspected the college, they found that the students’ complaints were indeed true. “Apart from unhygienic toilets, used sanitary napkins were seen strewn in many parts of the college. We have issued a warning to the college,” said E Bharani who inspected the college on the direction of collector P Uma Maheswari. The principal has sought 10 days time to clear the mess and also raise the height of the compound wall to avoid trespass, she said.
The principal said, she alleged that Karthiga, a final year UG student of the college, was trying to tarnish the reputation of the college. Asked about complaints of ill-maintained toilets, the principal claimed that all the toilets were in good condition and that students were spreading lies. Karthiga, a member of the Students Federation of India, said she was being targeted by the college administration for raising questions about insufficient facilities in the college.
When asked, a juice vendor outside the college whose daughter is studying in the college said her daughter had complained about the poor toilets which forced the girls to relieve themselves in the open. R Vasudevan, inspector from Pudkottai police station, said no case was registered against the trespasser as the college administration did not press the matter fearing it would affect the reputation of the college.