Women students were allegedly assaulted during event to mark first anniversary of protests on campus restrictions
A police case has been registered against more than a dozen students of the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) for allegedly assaulting and verbally abusing students, including women, who were organising a programme to mark one year of their protests against gender-based restrictions on campus.
While ten students were named in the FIR, around a dozen unknown outsiders have also been booked for offences under Sections 147, 354, 323, 504 and 506 of the IPC.
As per the complaint, the accused students, allegedly belonging to the ABVP and other outside elements, disrupted the event at Malviya Gate on Sunday evening when the girls were holding nukkad nataks and other cultural programmes to mark their struggle against hostel rules and for gender equality.
“When we protested [against them for using foul language and harassing us], they got aggressive and started assaulting those present,” read the complaint by one of the students.
The students alleged that they were also threatened with dire consequences.
Last September, girls of the BHU had led a campaign against the administration demanding a gender-just space and security for women students.