Protests in Delhi University: Manusmriti burnt, three students detained

By Deepak Kumar Vaishnav

New Delhi: A day before B.R Ambedkar’s 125th birth anniversary, two student organizations Krantikari Yuva Sangathan (KYS) & All India Students Association (AISA) held demonstrations at the Delhi University (DU) and burnt copies of the Manusmriti while protesting against alleged assault of a Dalit student in Hansraj College.

“A group of dalits student from Krantikari Yuva Sangathan (KYS) organised a small protest against the rape of dalit student in Rajasthan and were trying to put some posters in Hansraj College when a bunch of students from ABVP (Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad) came to the site and started beating (allegedly) one of our student member Pooran singh and tear all the posters put up by the students.” said Shubham Gautam, a student member of KYS student cell.

When the news of a Singh been beaten up by some students spread across the campus KYS along with All India Students Association (AISA) organised a protest the same day against the alleged assault. Copies of the Manusmriti were burnt by protesters, the protest started with slogans against college authorities. “The society doesn’t need casteism, feudalism or discrimination. Today, the society needs jobs, education and development,” said Gautam.

The protesters also marched through campuses of Ramjas College, Hindu College, Hansraj College and Kirorimal College. The protests were attended by the students of Delhi University, JNU and other university students.

Gautam and some other KYS members were detained by police. The students had been granted permission for the protest but they were detained “to maintain law and order”, said Karan Pathak, a constable at Maurice Nagar Police Station. The students were released later within a couple of hours and no charges were filed against the students.

The university had issued show-cause notices to five students asking them to explain their position on the event. However, no action has been taken against anybody in this regard.

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