The famous Banaras Hindu University (BHU) witnessed a shameful incident on Saturday evening as a handful of students, including women, and a couple of journalists fell victim to lathi charge while protesting against the escalating eve-teasing incidents on university campus.
After widespread outrage on social media, some new facts concerning the protest and police action thereafter have surfaced.
According to the student body of BHU, what started off as a protest against eve-teasing was catapulted to a different level by certain students affiliated to various political parties.
Furthermore, the Facebook page BHU Insight – Facts, managed by the student body of the University, claimed that certain girls from other Universities, such as DU, JNU and Allahabad University, came in to join the protesters, sometimes even replacing them, making it more of a movement against the Establishment rather than a group of students protesting eve-teasing on campus.
— Rishi Bagree 🇮🇳 (@rishibagree) September 24, 2017
this has become a pattern after 2014 to spread unrest in universities started with Jadavpur , JNU, Puducherry, Osmania ,, BHU
— Chayan Chatterjee (@Satyanewshi) September 24, 2017
In fact, the administrators of the page have expressed their shock at how the leaders of the protest at the main gate of the University would change every hour, with new faces taking over the role each time.
After much probing on social media, it was yet found out that Ekta Singh, the woman who actually started the movement, had taken to her Facebook account to declare that they don’t have any association with the protest anymore, as satyagraha had been hijacked by petty politics and communists completely.
She also wrote that unidentified students from DU and JNU have also come down to BHU to “take part” in the protest, thereby distorting it completely to suit their vested interests.
BHU VC’s incapability to handle Univ gave chance to miscreants to do violence. He was rapped by a Parliament committee also on vacant posts.
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— Prashant P. Umrao (@ippatel) September 24, 2017
— Vivek Agnihotri (@vivekagnihotri) September 24, 2017
Another important thing which Ekta had to share was about NDTV and its take on the entire incident. According to her, as soon as the NDTV team reached BHU with their press van, two more vans followed it. Five girls jumped out from the two vans and took their position among the other protesting students.
Ekta alleged that the NDTV journalist, instead of taking news bytes from other students, straightway went to them to take the bytes. As soon as he was done with it, all five girls also left the site.
— Naina 🇮🇳 (@NaIna0806) September 24, 2017
Student Wings of DU and JNU are behind tensions in BHU. Many students came from JNU & DU for Protesting and spoiling the environment of BHU.
— Anshul Saxena (@AskAnshul) September 24, 2017
After large-scale social media outrage fueled by biased reporting, fake images, political statements, and above all, condemnable police action on students (with miscreants in between or not), it remains to be the seen if the real cause is taken care of at all.