Clashes arose outside the Delhi University’s Arts Faculty after Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) members on Monday, 8 March, allegedly disrupted a Women’s Day program organized by the Bhagat Singh Chhatra Ekta Manch (BSCEM).
Labor rights activist Nodeep Kaur as well as mothers of Butana rape survivors and the aunt of Gurhmandi rape victim were present at the event as speakers. However, as per the BSCEM, Kaur was not permitted to address the students.
While Nodeep Kaur’s sister Rajveer was delivering a speech, units of the ABVP interfered and tried to disrupt the program, it was alleged.
According to the report, the Delhi Police has also asserted that it has not obtained any complaint from either side so far.
What Does the BSCEM Allege?
According to a statement by the BSCEM:
The goons whack the students who had joined the program and police were mere silent, on that and even detained our comrade Ravinder Singh and three SFI members Anil, Varkey, and Parveen. Police also pulled students to disperse them in which they tore off the clothes of female and male students.
The BSCEM also informed that following a protest outside the Maurice Nagar Police Station, the detained students were released.
Further, the ABVP members allegedly hit a student on the head with a stick. Other students endured physical injuries as well, the statement added.
The organization has also alleged that former Delhi University Teachers’ Association President Professor Nandita Narayan, who was present there, was also roughed up by the police.
What Has the ABVP Alleged?
Meanwhile, the ABVP in a statement has contended that the Delhi University Students Union was performing a self-defense training program for girls where Delhi Police personnel and other defense trainers were present to train them.
Right outside the venue of the program, outsiders and ex-students of the university had organized an event wherein posters with objectionable slogans such as “Indian Army Rape women” were shown. Objectionable slogans were raised just as a few girls led by (DUSU Joint Secretary) Shivangi Kharwal were passing by. At seeing the anti-army posters, they questioned the organizers about the motive of the event.
The ABVP has further claimed that in reaction to the questions posed, men present at the spot began to attack the Delhi University Students Union, joint secretary.
She then asked the administration/organizers to remove the anti-army posters from the campus. Immediately after this, a mob attacked the DUSU Joint Secretary and other girls which later turned into a rough scuffle between the pupils and outsiders.