BHU Violence: Gender Justice Or Political Opportunism?

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He also took on Banaras Hindu University (BHU) Vice-Chancellor G.C. Tripathi, stating that it was shameful on his part to have suggested that girl students not step outside the hostel after 6 p.m.

BHU students alleged they have to face eve-teasers on the campus regularly and the varsity administration was not taking any action to stop the miscreants. Scores of students came out to oppose the university administration's inaction regarding the incident, with both male and female students gathering in large numbers.

"Majority of the people who indulged in violence were outsiders and not the bona fide students of the university", the BHU spokesman said in his statement on Sunday. Hundreds of police have also been deployed in and around the university to maintain law and order. The fee hike for the academic session of 2017-2018 saw a hike of nearly 1000 percent in some courses.

The move has since been opposed by the students and many teachers of the JNU.

The victim student tonsured her head in protest and appealed for an immediate inquiry into her case.

The Congress-affiliated student body accused Delhi Police of favouring the ABVP. Several students were injured with injuries as severe as brain injuries.

The protests started on Thursday after students alleged that university authorities had ignored their complaints of sexual harassment, including a recent sexual assault.

According to police, some policemen were also injured in the clashes during which students indulged in arso and stone pelting. "The protesting boys broke the gate but did not enter the MMV college premises", recalled the warden.

More than 20 students were arrested as there were mass protests against the appointment of Gajendra Chauhan on grounds that he does not have ample qualifications to hold the prestigious post.

University officials have blamed "outside elements" for the protest. Some of the students were detained and taken to Parliament House police station after they tried to jump the barricades. Police resorted to lathicharge to disperse the students. It supports the demands of the students that there should be an unconditional apology from the university to the victim, gender sensitisation of all faculty and office bearers, better lighting all across the campus, deployment of guards, and removal of curfew timings for women in the hostels.

In 2010, police used batons on a student gathering demanding the improvement of university facilities. Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi slammed the BJP over the police lathi charge.

With Narendra Modi being in Varanasi, the fact that he has not addressed the protesting students of BHU, has been widely criticized in social media.



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