WATCH: UP Police uses violence on BHU girl students protesting molestation bid

“Police used pellet guns and rubber bullets to control the situation”

Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh): A number of students, including women, and two journalists were injured in a lathicharge by the police in the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) campus in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh where a protest on Saturday night against an alleged eve-teasing incident turned violent.

The PTI reported that violence erupted after some students, protesting against the incident on Thursday, wanted to meet the varsity’s vice chancellor at his residence.

Security guards of the university stopped the students and informed the police, according to university sources, the report said.

A BHU spokesperson had said that some students wanted to “forcibly” enter the VC’s residence but they were stopped by the BHU security guards, PTI report added.

Subsequently, there was stone pelting by “outsiders” who had joined the students, he said.

The police baton charged the students in a bid to disperse them.

A number of students, including women, and two journalists were injured in the lathicharge.

According to The Indian Express, police used pellet guns and rubber bullets to control the situation on the university campus.

The police sources said some of its personnel were injured in the clashes during which the students allegedly indulged in arson.


Injured students narrating their ordeal (VIDEO):

BHU students said that they undertook the protest near the university’s main gate against rising incidents of alleged eve-teasing on the campus, PTI reported.

A woman student of the Arts Faculty was allegedly harassed by three motorcycle-borne men inside the campus while she was returning to her hostel, triggering the protests.

According to the complainant, the men abused her and fled when she resisted their attempts, the report said.

The woman alleged that security guards, about 100 metres from where the incident happened, did nothing to stop them.

She said her warden, instead of taking up the issue with her superiors, asked her why was she was returning late to the hostel.

The warden’s response angered the students who sat on a ‘dharna’ at the main gate midnight Thursday.

BHU students have alleged they have to face eve-teasers on the campus regularly and the varsity administration was not taking any action to stop the miscreants, the report said.

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