FIR against 1000 students for BHU violence

Posted September 26, 2017

Uttar Pradesh Cabinet Minister Shrikant Sharma on Tuesday asserted that a judicial inquiry has been initiated to probe the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) violence case.

Students of Banaras Hindu University started protesting in the BHU campus after an incident of sexual assault took place with a University student, which turned violent on Saturday night.

BHU students said that they undertook the protest near the university's main gate against rising incidents of alleged eve-teasing on the campus. There were reports of local administration changing the route for Modi's cavalcade to avoid the embarrassment in view of the protests launched by the BHU students.

How are girls to feel safe if the security guards, the hostel wardens and the VC are not willing to protect them?

Students have also taken a swipe at the state government, questioning the effectiveness of its anti-Romeo squad.

Another student who did not want to be named said: "The problem of sexual harassment is very common here".

The vice-chancellor of the varsity G.C.Tripathi had also alleged that attempts were made to give the agitation a political color. "Security personnel dispersed them".

Students were enraged as university officials whom the girl approached to complain about the incident did not go after the culprits but instead chastised her for returning late to the hostel. He responded to the issue of different curfew timings for girls and boys by saying that it is for girls' own safety that the curfew timings are 8 pm for one and 6 pm for one other hostel. Five girls jumped out from the two vans and took their position among the other protesting students.

The violence erupted after some students, protesting the incident on Thursday, wanted to meet the varsitys vice- chancellor at his residence. The students continued their protest through the night.

Students of various universities in Delhi including Delhi University, JNU and Ambedkar University were protesting against the scrapping of non-NET fellowship by the UGC in October 2015.

Confirming that a girl hosteller was indeed inappropriately touched on BHU campus, a senior official of the district said Monday "timely action was not taken", which led to the situation going out of control. Hundreds of students have been booked for crimes such as arson and vandalism, they added.

A lesser-known incident, a group of students in the Aliah University demanding the resignation of the Vice-Chancellor on allegations of nepotism and corruption were beaten up by the police and arrested on August 12, 2017. From grabbing women by their body parts to putting hands in their clothes, from masturbating outside the windows of the girl's hostel to passing lewd comments on campus, the female students aren't spared any kind of physical and mental harassment from the male students.