Students protest without fear

Students protest without fear

Two unions come on DU streets despite ban on demonstrations

Delhi University’s two students’ unions took out protest on Monday.

While Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) had an all girls protest in North campus amid barricades and high police security, National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) members who were protesting in South campus had to spend few hours in a police station.

DU officials stressed that last week’s blanket ban on students’ union rallies will be continued. The ban came in effect after a girl student complained to the vice chancellor alleging molestation by the members who were part of the NSUI rally.

“Any kind of demonstration, rally and protest by students’ unions in the campus or the college is banned. Security is beefed up and no protests will be encouraged,” said a member of the election committee.

ABVP protested demanding safety for girl students. The women students who were part of the rally were of the view that the campus needs to be made safer rather than banning protests.

“The whole road where our rally had to pass through was barricaded with heavy police security. It looked like an attempt by the university to stop the protest. We went on, minor incidents of tussle also took place with the women constables. The VC refused to take our memorandum,” said a protester.

NSUI members in their rally were demanding better transportation facilities for South campus students and liberal attendance norms for sportspersons studying in DU among others.

“We marched from Atma Ram Sanatan Dharma college till the South campus gate. We were not allowed to enter the gate and the police picked us up and made us sit in the police station for few hours,” said NSUI member Amrish Ranjan Pandey.

“Police were asking us that when protests are banned, why are we doing it. We submitted our memorandum of demands to the deputy proctor,” added Pandey.

The students’ unions said they will continue to protest whenever required. “Talks are on. What should be the next step for students’ unions flouting the ban, is still undecided,” said a senior official.