‘I kept saying I was a teacher, but police never listened and continued to beat me’, BHU professor recounts ordeal

On Saturday night, a number of students, including women, and two journalists were injured when the police allegedly used the force and batoncharged them in BHU where a protest against an alleged sexual harassment turned violent.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: September 27, 2017 7:27 pm
BHU violence, Banaras Hindu University, BHU sexual harassment, VC girish chandra tripathi, UP police, yogi adityanath Pratima Gond, Assistant Professor of Sociology at the Mahila Maha Vidyalaya, BHU, talks about her ordeal on Saturday night, when violence broke out inside the varsity. (Source: Sarah Hafeez)

Days after violence erupted at Banaras Hindu University (BHU) following the alleged sexual harassment of a student, a women professor of the varsity has disclosed that it was not only students but wardens like her had also been mercilessly lathicharged by the police on the night when the incident took place. Recalling her ordeal, Pratima Gond, Assistant Professor of Sociology at the Mahila Maha Vidyalaya, BHU, said she was assaulted by the police while she was trying to save a student from being attacked.

“A woman student fell on the ground while police were lathicharging students..when I went to help the girl, I also got trapped under the police attack. I pleaded them not to beat me and told them that I am a teacher at the university, but they didn’t listen and kept beating,” Gond said, adding that she is yet to recover from the trauma.

“They struck blows on my head with two-three lathis; I also suffered injuries on my fingers. I am not a criminal, I am teacher. We were not inciting any violence. It is very unfortunate that a teacher and students were beaten and that too when not a single woman officer was present on the spot. This incident happened around 11.30 pm,” she added.

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On Saturday night, a number of students, including women, and two journalists were injured when the police allegedly used the force and batoncharged them in BHU where a protest against an alleged sexual harassment turned violent. The violence broke out inside the campus after some students, protesting against the incident, wanted to meet the varsity’ vice-chancellor at his residence. An inquiry has been ordered into the incident.

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In the wake of incident, BHU chief proctor Prof O N Singh has resigned from his post after taking “moral responsibility” for the violence on the campus. Professor MK Singh of the BHU Medical College has been given the charge of the chief proctor, said a press release from the university.

Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath stated the incident reeks of “conspiracy” as prima facie reports suggest the role of anti-social elements in vitiating the atmosphere. “The report (on BHU incidents) has been received and administration has been clearly told not to harass any student but get to the bottom of this issue and find details of anti-social elements who vitiated the atmosphere (in the university) in the garb of students,” Yogi told reporters.

With inputs from Sarah Hafeez

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    mk
    Sep 28, 2017 at 5:14 pm
    i can see yet another knockback for anything hindu. india has a majority hindus and to hear something evil occurring in its prestigious hindu university the alarm bells are ringing for all conscientious hindus. stand your ground and remove any threats facing hindus. there are many muslim and christian ins utions and i am wondering if indian police take similar view of these two religions as they have done with bhu.
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      S.S.KASANA
      Sep 28, 2017 at 10:49 am
      FAKE NEWS
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        Srinivasrao Holi
        Sep 28, 2017 at 10:41 am
        Madam why you were in crowd when dis action was going on?
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          SN OJHA
          Sep 28, 2017 at 9:41 am
          Yogi seems to have lost grip over administration He started on high note but enthusiasm soon ebbed out.Where is much touted Romeo squad?Farmers have received pittance in lieu of loan waiver.A great opportunity is being wasted and dream to rebuild UP simply going to drain.People will be left with no other option but to re elect dynast but techno savvy Akhilesh.
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            Niladrinath Mohanty
            Sep 28, 2017 at 7:56 am
            There was no violence, no provocation, no slogan shouting, no brick batting, no arson of any kind and the police suddenly lathi charged the students. Hard believe but Police often act brutally use force more than necessary.
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