BHU violence: Varanasi Commissioner's report blames varsity administration

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Sunday ordered a probe into violence at Banaras Hindu University (BHU) where a number of students, including girls and media persons, were injured in lathi charge by the police.

In his report sent to Chief Secretary Rajiv Kumar, Varanasi Commissioner Nitin Gokarn has said that Banaras Hindu University (BHU) did not deal with the victim's complaint in a sensitive manner and failed to handle the situation on time.

The Uttar Pradesh Police on Saturday lathi-charged the BHU students, who were protesting since three days against alleged molestation of a University girl.

In fact, the administrators of the page have expressed their shock at how the leaders of the protest at the main gate of the University would change every hour, with new faces taking over the role each time.

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Earlier on Tuesday, BHU Vice-Chancellor Girish Chandra claimed that the incident of sexual harassment was fabricated by outsiders who had an eye on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Varanasi visit. It has been said in the statement that action was taken against those who were setting university properties on fire and were indulging in stone throwing and throwing petrol bombs. A few students and journalists were injured during the violence. "We were even given the choicest abuses" said female students to ANI.

A woman student of the Arts Faculty was allegedly harassed by three motorcycle-borne men inside the campus while she was returning to her hostel, triggering the dharna.

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

It also said that the varsity administration made no attempt to defuse the tension that ultimately led to violence.

A recent incident of molestation had sparked protest in BHU campus. Somehow, she managed to call up her friends who took her to the hostel in a semi-conscious state.

The trisection outside BHU's only women's college, Mahila Mahavidyalaya, also has men loitering around and harassing students.

Talking about the incident when an undergraduate student of Mahila Maha Vidyalaya, affiliated to the BHU, was allegedly asked to leave a girls' hostel as she showed "tendencies of homosexuality and indiscipline", a female resident of the Triveni Hostel said the allegation against the ousted girl was "baseless".

In 2010, police used batons on a student gathering demanding the improvement of university facilities.

Students said the incident was taking attention away from the larger issue of sexual harassment. They asked for basic safety and security measures to be taken to make the campus a safer place.

Right to hostel accommodation, free Metro/Bus pass, free wi-fi, common fee structure for UG/PG students, regularization of teachers, close campus and extension of date for examination forms were some of the demands enlisted by the students.

  • Leroy Wright