The recent ruckus at the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) invited a lot of criticism from across the country. The police lathi-charged students including girls, who were protesting inside the campus against an alleged molestation of a female student.
In an exclusive interview with a leading news daily, Girish Chandra Tripathi, the Vice Chancellor (VC) of BHU said that the incident of sexually harassing student that led to protests by students in the campus was “created by outsiders” with “vested interests”.
“Sometimes issues are there and some issues are created. This issue was created. I think this issue was created by outsiders and the shape it took is what is more unfortunate than the initial incident itself”, said VC of BHU.
On Thursday, evening a student was molested by bike-borne miscreants near Bharat Kala Bhawan in the University premises. The victim claimed that when the incident took place in the presence of the security personnel who did not take cognizance of the crime and ignored it.
Agitated by the harassment, students raised voice against the University Administration to ensure the safety and security of women students in the campus. The angry students also demanded that the restriction imposed on women regarding entry time in the hostels should be taken back.
When asked about the safety and security of ladies student in the campus, Tripathi said, “Incidents can happen and they do. There are 10,000 girls living here on campus. We can ensure their safety in the hostel that is why there are curfew timings. But there are no such timings on the road outside, incidents happen. But what is important is how we handle the incident. This is such a big campus, anything can happen anywhere. We cannot assign a guard to every student.”
On Saturday night the entire incident took an ugly turn when students protesting near the VC lodge were cane-charged by policemen to which students backfired and gathered in large number from the hostels and hurled stones, petrol bombs at the police and other security forces on VC Lodge Road.
The incident was criticised and condemned by various political parties, who slammed the University and questioned the government over student’s safety inside the BHU campus. Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath have taken a cognizance of the incident and has also sought a report from the Divisional Commissioner of police.