Two Members from Pinjra Tod, a women’s group campaigning against “regressive” hostel rules, have accused a member of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) of threatened them.
Shabhavi Vikram and Suhasini Shriya claimed that ABVP member Akhil Choudhury called them up on Monday night and threatened them for putting up their posters on top ABVP posters on North Campus walls.
“When we checked later , we found that all our posters had been ripped off. Does ABVP own the wall of democracy now,” said Devangana Kalita, a member of the group.
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On Tuesday, nearly 40 members of the group gathered at the local police station to file the FIR.
“We wanted to ensure that police files the complaint and takes action,” said Kalita.
The ABVP, on the other hand, blamed the All India Students Association (AISA) for the incident and for “denigrating its reputation”.
It also claimed that the complainants had abused Choudhury.
“It is shameful that AISA indulges in such low and degrading politics. Akhil was just telling her not to put up the posters when the girl at the other end started abusing him in English. He couldn’t understand what was happening and got embroiled in the controversy,” said Saket Bahuguna, ABVP Delhi’s state secretary.
Choudhury admitted that he had called the women but claimed that he never threatened them.
“I called them up to ask which organisation they belonged to, because I thought they had intentionally put up their posters on top of our posters. But maine bahut tehzeeb se baat ki (I spoke with the utmost courtesy). If I really said what they are accusing me of saying, then let them produce the recording of the conversation,” he said.
AISA state president Anmol Ratan refuted the ABVP’s charges.
“This not only undermines the issue but also turns a blind eye to the protests and the issue of women’s safety. The ABVP should be ashamed of these lies and conspiracy theories and provide answers on why they threatened women,” he said.