Varanasi: After being mercilessly baton charged by police, a huge number of Banaras Hindu University (BHU) students continued their protests which started on Friday after a student who was allegedly molested on campus on Thursday evening.
The university authorities on Saturday called the protest a work of “anti-national” and “anarchic” forces that are trying to mar BHU’s image, but students were angry against the varsity administration for “shaming” the student, a boarder of Triveni Hostel, who was allegedly harassed by three men on a motorbike.
“When the student was molested last evening at 6, she shouted for help but the guards sitting there did not come forward or chase the bike. She went and complained to her warden and the chief proctor but they began shaming her. They asked her why she was out so late. They told students that the hostel curfew timings will be shifted from 7 pm to 6 pm,” a female student said while talking to reporters.
The protesting students also alleged that the police thrashed them and dragged them through hair, but DM Varanasi, who was present on the spot, denied all such claims.
"Boys were lathicharged but even girls were not spared. We were even given the choicest abuses", the protesting students said while talking to media.
The Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Adityanath and other cabinet colleagues was in the city on Friday when the BHU students started their massive protest against the university official.
The prime Minister's covoy was supposed to pass through BHU gate to reach Manas Mandir and Durgakund temple from DLW guest house as large scale barricading and deployment of forces was evident on this route. But, people waiting in Lanka area were surprised when PM's fleet passed through Naria-Saket Nagar route instead of BHU gate-Lanka road.
On Saturday evening, the victim and a couple of other students met Vice-Chancellor G C Tripathi and gave him some demands, the university’s PRO, Rajesh Singh, said. Singh said that the victim has withdrawn from the protest following assurances from the V-C.