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UP govt draws widespread criticism over BHU violence

26 September 2017

25 September, Monday: Expressing their solidarity with their kind in Varanasi, students in New Delhi take out protest marches and engage in clashes with the police.

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 students demanded 24 X 7 security, making security personnel accountable for lapses, better lighting on roads leading to women's hostels, CCTV surveillance, inclusion of women security personnel and formation of a gender sensitisation committee. The protests reach the national capital, and various student political outfits condemn the incident.

The Vice-Chancellor was criticised for victim shaming and was even blamed for not taking action on the complaint by the women students. BHU has been criticised by its alumni as well as current students for having policies that give more leeway to the male students over the women.

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They kept the victim in captivity and forced her to sit at the protest venue, he said, adding the police used force only to ensure that such elements are moved out of the campus.

On a day Opposition parties hit at the BJP over the police excesses on the campus, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah spoke to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and asked him to address the issue at the earliest.

Station Officer of Lanka police station Rajiv Singh was transferred to the police lines, while the Circle Officer of Bhelupur, Nivesh Katiyar, has been replaced by Ayodhya Singh. Sanjiv Mishra and Ayodhya Prasad replace the two cops after the BHU violence took place.

District Magistrate (Varanasi) Yogeshwar Ram Mishra, who ordered the magisterial inquiry, said, "Additional district magistrate (rural) has been handed over the inquiry and has been directed to look into all aspects and facts".

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The protest by girls against an alleged eve-teasing incident turned violent on Saturday night. The protest is to have safety for the female students at the University. The tremors of the university were felt in state capital where a section of journalists staged protest outside CM's residence demanding action against DM and SSP for ordering lathicharge in which a few mediapersons were injured.

Over 1500 police were deployed to handle law and order in the Hindu Banaras University. The students are facing charges under IPC sections 147, 353, 307, 332 and 336.

Tripathi explains at length about how Thursday's "unfortunate" incident was triggered by "vested interests and ulterior motives" to vitiate the university's atmosphere before the Prime Minister's visit to Varanasi, his constituency.

Refuting assumptions of University being closed due to protests, Gokarn clarified that university has been closed till October 2 on account of Dussehra festival.

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UP govt draws widespread criticism over BHU violence