Banaras Hindu University Vice Chancellor Girish Chandra Tripathi has reportedly gone on leave from Monday citing personal reasons.
Quoting sources, The Indian Express, reported that Tripathi was believed to have put in his application on Monday.
Tripathi had earlier said that he would prefer to resign if asked to go on leave following the police crackdown on the female students, who were protesting against the shaming of molestation victim by the university administration.
Janta Ka Reporter had later exclusively reported how Tripathi had later blamed the girls for taking their modesty to the market. His term was expiring on 30 November.
Tripathi going on leave is widely being seen as a punishment for his inability to contain violence on the campus.
The molestation victim had alleged that the three bike-borne men had inserted their hands inside the her shirt and even tried to unzip her trouser. When she complained about the incident to the university, they blamed her for being out so late in the evening.
The university has curfew hours only meant for girls preventing them from staying out after 6 PM, while boys have no such restrictions. There are also ban imposed on the non-veg consumption for girls. Once again, this rule doesn’t apply to boys staying in the hostel within the campus.
The current turmoil on the campus is also being seen as an outcome of the saffronisation of education in the university allegedly by the RSS. Tripathi himself is widely perceived to be an RSS appointee. Many analysts have argued that what happened in BHU last weekend was the outburst of anger by girls, who’ve long been forced to live like second-class citizens in the name of enforcing militant Hindutva ideology.