IIT Madras Students Allege Harassment, Dean Says "Not Whole Picture". IIT Madras hostel residents, both men and women, allege that officers barge into rooms, insult and click pictures without consent and their behaviour violates the students' right to privacy and dignity.
Several research scholars and hostel inmates of Indian Institute of Technology Madras in Tamil Nadu capital Chennai have alleged harassment and violation of their privacy by vigilance officers during checks conducted in their rooms, a charge denied by the Dean of students.
The dean of students, MS Sivakumar, said that they had received complaints from students and the vigilance officers have been apprised of the issues and told not to click photographs. He said the charges do not reveal the whole picture, adding checks are conducted by ex-servicemen trained to deal with such issues.
Hostel rules state that girl students are permitted to visit male college mates in their rooms only for academic purposes, provided they deposit their ID cards with the security staff there and sign in the visitor's notebook.