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.
The situation becomes worse when seven students, including girls, and two journalists were reportedly injured in police lathi-charge.
It was reported that four girls suffered head injuries in the police lathi-charge.
The incident took place when on Thursday evening when an Arts Faculty student was returning to her hostel in the university campus was allegedly harassed by three men on a motorcycle. Following the incident, the student reported the incident to her warden, but instead of taking the incident to higher authorities, warden questions victim why was she was returning so late.
While in defense, BHU spokesperson Rajesh Singh denied the reports of lathi-charge and said, “A group of students tried to enter the V-C lodge at midnight. Security personnel dispersed them”.
BHU vice-chancellor GC Tripathi said in a statement, “An unfortunate incident took place with one of our students. We are committed to stringent action and did so too. The student initially had complaints with the university, but now that is not the case. Some complained about an installation of CCTV, which is under process. Some girls said the university should be more sensitive towards safety”.
Following the incident, Station House Officer (SHO) of Lanka area, Circle Officer (CO) of Bhelupur and one Additional City Magistrate (ACM) were reportedly removed after failing to handle the situation.
Meanwhile, Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi slammed the BJP and said it is the saffron party’s version of “Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao”.
He tweeted on his twitter account, “BJP version of Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao in BHU”.