AISA to ABVP, all student bodies stand with BHU girls

Cutting across political ideologies, students stage multiple protests across the Capital

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AISA to ABVP, all student bodies stand with BHU girls
ABVP activists protest against the brutality of police in BHU, on Monday


Demanding action against the recent brutal attack on protesting students at the Banaras Hindu University (BHU), scores of students cutting across political ideologies staged multiple protests in the national Capital on Monday.

While members of RSS-affiliated Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and Congress-backed National Students Union of India (NSUI) protested outside the Ministry of Human Resource and Development (MHRD), Left-backed student groups demonstrated at Jantar Mantar.

The ABVP condemned the police action against BHU students and demanded a fact-finding committee to probe in to the matter. "It is high time that HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar acts on the issue and ensures justice for BHU girls. We demand constitution of an inquiry committee and strict action against the administration," ABVP's National Media Convener Saket Bahuguna said.

Nearly 150 ABVP members participated in the protest and submitted a memorandum to Javadekar. "BHU must immediately reopen its women hostels and address all issues of women students,"ABVP member and former DU President Amit Tanwar said.

Slamming other student groups for calling ABVP's protest "symbolic" because BJP is leading the government in Uttar Pradesh, he said, "ABVP works for the student community and not for any political party, and we are proud of it. We may support a party on national issues but we also have enough guts to fight for genuine student issues."

The move is being seen as a change in ABVP's politics after a string of defeats in student elections, including at the Delhi University (DU), Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), Guwahati University, and Punjab University.

At the same time, NSUI demanded an inquiry under a sitting High Court judge and resignation of the BHU Vice-Chancellor. Nearly 50 members of the student group took out a protest march from the Raisina Road to MHRD, even as they were stopped by the Delhi Police near Shastri Bhawan.

"While police put up barricades to stop NSUI members from reaching the HRD Ministry despite us having the permission, ABVP members were allowed to protest there. Police also detained some of our members,"NSUI National Media Incharge Neeraj Mishra said.

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