Boiling BHU shut after cops beat girl students

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Earlier on Saturday, the Uttar Pradesh police lathi-charged the BHU students, who were protesting against alleged molestation of a first-year female student since three days.

ABVP national media convener Saket Bahuguna said on Twitter, "Those wondering why a protest at MHRD, should remember @ABVPVoice works for student community, not for any political party and we are proud of it".

"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. Student protests have been rocking the campuses, whether it's HCU, JNU, FTII, NIT Srinagar, or even Delhi University, and now BHU too has been embroiled in popular protests against an extremely inept administration and its inability to ensure that the women students have minimum institutional security and safety on campus.

"What were they (girls) asking for, they were asking from the university to take notice of the sexual harassment incident and do justice".

The UP Minister further added that severe actions will be taken against the miscreants once the reports come. Lathicharge on BHU students is malleable.

They also demanded that accountability of the BHU authorities should also be fixed, saying the Vice Chancellor of the University Girish Chandra Tripathi has completely failed to ensure protection of the students "and their rights to free speech".

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About a dozen student groups, mostly from the Left, will protest against the police "brutality" at Jantar Mantar here tomorrow.

A BHU spokesperson had said that some students wanted to "forcibly" enter the VC's residence but they were stopped by the BHU security guards.

The BHU students have been protesting near the university's main gate since Thursday against rising eve-teasing incidents on the campus. "This campus is not safe at all", said Ankita Singh, a student of the campus.

The protest was largely triggered after a woman student was allegedly harassed by three men on motorcycle inside the varsity campus.

BHU is a historic educational institution of India that houses nearly 40,000 students, making it one of the biggest residential campuses in Asia.

The university campus last night witnessed violence by students who were lathicharged by the police, in an ugly turn of a protest against an alleged eve-teasing incident. Meanwhile, Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and Raj Babbar also rushed to empathise with the protesting students. They asked for things such as CCTV cameras to be installed, round-the-clock security, recruitment of women police officers, and they asked for a Gender Sensitization Committee against Sexual Harassment (GSCASH).

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