September 25, 2017 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
New Delhi: Responding to the baton-charging by the Uttar Pradesh police of student demonstrators protesting against inaction over a complaint of sexual harassment at the Banaras Hindu University (BHU), Asmita Basu, Programmes Director, Amnesty International India, said.
“University authorities must not turn a blind eye to allegations of sexual harassment and discrimination. Students have a right to peaceful protest. The police say that some of the students threw stones at them, but that cannot be an excuse to baton-charge the women students who were staging a peaceful sit-in.”
“The police have now registered over a thousand criminal cases against students, but not one against any of the officials who used unnecessary or excessive force. Both university authorities and the Uttar Pradesh police have showed a shameful abdication of their duty to respect and protect the rights of students at BHU.”