The university has been burning since Saturday night after the police lathicharged on students including girls who have been protesting eve teasing incidents within the varsity campus. Violence broke between the students and police officials. Injuries were reported from both sides.
Around 1500 policemen and PAC personnel have been deployed in order to maintain law and order. The trigger was an incident in which a woman student of Arts faculty alleged harassment by three men on a motorcycle inside the campus while she was returning to her hostel.
Students at the varsity decided to protest against the incident as the authority denied any kind of support to them. The three men abused her and fled when she resisted their attempts, according to the complainant.
"An unfortunate incident took place with one of our students; we're committed to stringent action and did so too," said BHU VC Girish Chandra Tripathi.
Here are the live updates:
# Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath seeks detail report on BHU incident
# Youth Congress stage protest in Delhi against lathicharge on Banaras Hindu University students.
# The university have announced holliday from September 25 till October 2.
# We had information that some anti-social elements will try to disturb the environment of the University: BHU VC Girish Chandra Tripathi.
# I agreed to their viewpoint. Safety and security is important, will have to consider various aspects with regard to safety in University: BHU VC
Some complained about installation of CCTVs; it is under process. Some girls said University should be more sensitive towards safety: BHU VC pic.twitter.com/hvdQoGz2bU— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) September 24, 2017
# Some complained about installation of CCTVs; it is under process. Some girls said University should be more sensitive towards safety: BHU VC
# The student initially had complaints with the University, but now that is not the case: BHU VC Girish Chandra Tripathi
# An unfortunate incident took place with one of our students; we're committed to stringent action and did so too: BHU VC Girish Chandra Tripathi
# Students sit-in protest again in the university
# Police chases down female students who were holding peace march in BHU
# Varanasi: Security increased outside BHU after clashes between students and police personnel last night
Varanasi: Security increased outside BHU after clashes between students and police personnel last night pic.twitter.com/PkHPvj68xu— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) September 24, 2017
# Centre should find solution by interaction and not by force. Lathicharge on students is condemnable. Action should be taken against culprits, says Akhilesh Yadav
# Boys were lathicharged but even girls were not spared. We were even given the choicest abuses
# Students alleged that BHU administration indulged in victim shaming after one student had reported an incident of molestation to them
# Lathicharge by Police on protesting students at Banaras Hindu University
Lathicharge by Police on protesting students at Banaras Hindu University,clashes also broke out (earlier visuals) pic.twitter.com/StNQxBwM3W— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) September 24, 2017
The woman alleged that security guards, about 100 metres from where the incident happened, did nothing to stop the men. She said her warden, instead of taking up the issue with her superiors, asked her why was she returning late to the hostel.
The warden’s response angered the student’s colleagues, who sat on a ‘dharna’ at the main gate midnight Thursday.
One of the students even got her head tonsured.
The protest is continuing. It had forced authorities to change the planned route for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s convoy yesterday.
The students said they have to face eve-teasers inside the campus regularly and the varsity administration was not taking any action to stop the miscreants.
Police and BHU professors tried to pacify the students on Saturday, but they refused to end their protest and sought assurance from the university vice chancellor.
A large number of police personnel have been deployed near the campus as a security precaution, said the police.
Last night, the BHU issued a statement saying the ‘dharna’ by the students just a day before Modi’s visit was “politically motivated” to malign the image of the university.
The university also said that security guards were regularly patrolling the campus and assistance from the police is sought from time-to-time to maintain peace in the campus.
With PTI inputs