Congress vice president, Rahul Gandhi on Monday tore into Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the police crackdown against Banaras Hindu University (BHU) girls protesting against molestation over the weekend.
Speaking to reporters in Gujarat, Gandhi said, “What’s happening in BHU is a matter of shame. FIRs are being registered. The girls did not do anything wrong. The government’s approach is wrong. It is PM’s constituency, he should apologize to the girls from BHU and should act immediately, This is not the way to work.”
Gandhi, who’s currently on a three-day visit to election-bound Gujarat, had tweeted on Sunday, “BJP version of Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao in BHU.”
BJP version of Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao in BHU https://t.co/2XWIG5CG2q
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) September 24, 2017
Banaras Hindu University campus on Saturday night had become witness to utter mayhem as girls protesting shaming of one of their fellow students were lathi-charged allegedly at the behest of the Vice Chancellor.
Banaras Hindu University Vice Chancellor, Girish Chandra Tripathi had blamed the anti-social forces for the violence on the campus on Saturday night.
Speaking to ANI, Tripathi had said, “We had information that some anti-social elements are trying to disturb the environment of the University.”
BHU students were protesting against the shaming of one female student, who was molested by three bike-borne men on the campus. Three bike-borne men had allegedly attempted to insert their hands inside her dressed while also trying to unzip her trouser. The university administration, when informed about the incident, had allegedly shamed the molestation victim. The incident took place just a day before the local MP and India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, visited Varanasi.
There were reports of local administration changing the route for Modi’s cavalcade to avoid the embarrassment in view of the protests launched by the BHU students.
Correspondents say that hostels on the campus have been vacated and students have been asked to return home. Meanwhile, the university administration has filed FIRs against more than 1,000 students from the university.
The university has often been in news for wrong reasons with critics alleging that attempts by the RSS to saffronise what was once an iconic educational institution.