Sharad Yadav denounces police action against BHU students, says it is 'sheer violation of freedom of speech'

New Delhi: Senior Janata Dal (United) leader Sharad Yadav on Sunday denounced the alleged police action against Banaras Hindu University students protesting the increasing incidents of eve-teasing on the campus, and said the issue will be raised in Parliament.

File image of Sharad Yadav. PTI

File image of Sharad Yadav. PTI

A group of students had staged a sit-in at the main gate of the university after a woman student of the Arts Faculty was allegedly harassed by three motorcycle-borne men on the campus.

The protesting students were reportedly baton-charged by the police on Friday night.

"It has never happened before at BHU. It is sheer violation of freedom of speech and expression guaranteed by the Constitution," Yadav said in a statement.

"We will raise the issue in Parliament... It is intolerable in a democracy and the government should apologise," he said, adding people will take to the streets to protest it.

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.

BHU, however, said the protest by the students was "politically motivated" to malign the image of the university.


Published Date: Sep 24, 2017 02:40 pm | Updated Date: Sep 24, 2017 02:40 pm


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