Hundreds march to 'save DU', reclaim space to dissent

The gates of the colleges falling on the route of the march, which began from the gates of Khalsa College, were shut.   

Published: 28th February 2017 01:12 PM  |   Last Updated: 28th February 2017 09:42 PM   |  A+A-

Students and teachers of Delhi University JNU and Jamia during their protest march against ABVP at North Campus in New Delhi on Tuesday. (PTI)


NEW DELHI: Delhi university’s north Campus on Tuesday become the epicenter of protests by various students group attended by politicians from various parties.

Almost 1500 people from Delhi University , JNU participated in the protest called by AISA against the ABVP. The rally started around 12:30 from SGTB Khalsa college and ended at the statue of Vivekananda, Art faculty.

Meanwhile, Delhi police filed a case on a complaint given by Delhi commission of Women.

The protests were attended by Yogendra Yadav, Sitaram Yechuri, D Raja and Manish Tiwari.

The day started with a tweet, in the morning where Gurmehar Kaur, a DU student who is facing multiple allegations over her placards campaigns, who stunned everyone by pulling out of a protest march which was organized by AISA before she left Delhi.

In a series of tweets, Kaur, while announcing her decision said that she has been through a lot. Kaur earlier urged people not to identify her as a "martyr's daughter" if that "bothers" them. She is the daughter of Capt Mandeep Singh who was killed in a militant attack in Jammu and Kashmir in 1999. "I'm withdrawing from the campaign. Congratulations everyone. I request to be left alone. I said what I had to say. I have been through a lot and this is all my 20 year self could take. To anyone questioning my courage and bravery...I've shown more than enough," she said. The Lady Sri Ram college backed Kaur saying she has the right to express her opinion.

On the other side, Delhi Police claimed that security has been provided to Kaur and a case has been filed in Cyber Cell. “A case under the section of 354A, 506 and 67 of the IT act has been registered. We have also received a complaint from ABVP which has been transferred to the crime branch for further investigation,” said Delhi Police spokesperson, special CP Dependra Pathak claimed.  Delhi Police also blamed Kaur and said that she has not joined investigation even after 24 hours of filing a case.

Kaur has been getting support from various parties including Congress and AAP. Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal met Delhi LG and requested him to take action against ABVP and on rape threats given to Gurmehar Kaur.

“Met LG. Demanded arrest of those who caused violence in DU, shouted anti-India slogans n who threatened Gurmehar. He assured strict action.” Kejriwal tweeted.

After witnessing multiple developments, In the evening on Tuesday, NHRC also reacted over the issue and sent a notice to Delhi Police commissioner over allegations of police excesses during Ramjas College violence on February 22.

On the other side, student union in question ABVP claimed that the recent violence at DU's Ramjas college was provoked by "outsiders" and the blame has been put on them by the "anti-nationals".

DCW has also sent notice to Facebook asking them to deactivate accounts which have given rape threats to Gurmehar.


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