PM, Shah speak to UP Chief Minister over BHU incident

The students claim the police lathicharged without provocation and didn't even spare women students

A joint protest was staged by students of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), along with Krantikari Yuva Sangathan, All India Democratic Women's Association, All India Progressive Women's Association, Pinjra Tod, National Federation of Indian Women, including others, at the Jantar Mantar. And it gets worse from here. The terrified girl runs to her room in the college hostel, and later complains to the warden along with her friends. The whole incident has left at least 50 students injured, several of them in a critical state. As soon as he was done with it, all five girls also left the site.

"Is it wrong if we are more concerned about the security of our girls than our boys", he asked, on being questioned about the alleged gender bias in the university. When she raised the alarm, the guards ignored her complaints.

According to the report, the biggest fault in this case is that of the administration and such a controversy would not have taken place had they handled the matter appropriately. The warden, instead of sympathizing with and supporting the girl, blamed her. Five girls jumped out from the two vans and took their position among the other protesting students. Vice-Chancellor Girish Chandra Tripathi agrees to speak with the representatives of the students in his chamber, but the protestors refuse in the light of earlier instances where similar movements were neutralised by threat and suspension of leaders.

"If they wish to do politics, they should do it with us and not with students".

The agitation started by handful of BHU female students seeking proper security in the 100-year-old BHU campus, now has turned into a stir against the State administration after police forces mended batons on the protesting students. Around a dozen of girls reportedly suffered injuries.

Also social activist Teesta Setalvad was detained by police when she arrived in the city to attend a program. There is tension in the university campus.

"It could have been university security guards as they have a similar khaki colored uniform as the police have".

A senior police officer in the Lanka police station said two days after the incident, an FIR under section 354 (molestation) against unknown persons had been lodged. The governor of UP as the chancellor of the university should convey a strong message to the vice chancellor of BHU that his refusal to come out to listen to and help the victim girl student had brought a bad name to the office of the vice chancellor and the university as an institution.

"When we approach the chief proctor with complaints of sexual harassment in the campus, we are asked if we jot down the number of the bike-borne men who tried to molest us", said one of them. "The molestation was done to trigger this fiasco is what I feel", Tripathi went on to say. "It is sheer hypocrisy", she added. I am glad students are now raising their voice.

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