IIT-Bombay student fined Rs 10,000 for protesting against ‘veg-only’ policy
Days after some students took part in a silent protest against "vegetarian only" tables set by a mess council at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay, the institute allegedly imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 on one of them.
The mess council at hostels 12, 13, and 14 of the institute reserved six tables for vegetarians in the common mess space last week. The controversy erupted after a group of students held a silent protest against segregation of the mess and had non-veg food at one of the ‘veg-only’ tables.
A committee that investigated the entire matter found that some students were forcibly trying to spoil the atmosphere of the institute. The institute has imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 on one student while two students are yet to be identified.
On Monday, the hostel manager informed the student through an email that the institute had imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 and this amount would be deducted from his Special Mention Accounts (SMA) account.
The mess council meeting was held to discuss the complaints following the protest by students.
The minutes of the meeting stated, "This act was a premeditated attempt to disrupt the peace and harmony within the mess, in defiance of the advice provided by the Associate Dean SA (Students’ Affairs)."
"The mess council resolved to enlist the support of student representatives from the hostels 12, 13 and 14 councils to assist in identifying the other two individuals involved in the incident. Once their identities are established, appropriate disciplinary action will be taken against them as well," it added.
However, an IIT-Bombay student confirmed off the record that 10,000 fine was imposed by authority on the student who was protesting on veg and non-veg food segregation.