BJP’s Bengal chief calls women in Jadavpur Uuniversity ‘below standard’

BJP’s Bengal chief calls women in Jadavpur Uuniversity ‘below standard’

The students of Jadavpur University condemned the statement of Ghosh.

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BJP West Bengal president Dilip Ghosh (Express photo by Partha Paul)


Keeping up the attack on Jadavpur University students, West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh on Saturday called women students in the university “below standard”, “shameless” and “constantly seeking company of male students”.

Ghosh made the remarks while reacting to allegations of molestation by students last week during a scuffle between ABVP and Left-leaning students. The clash was over screening of Vivek Agnihotri’s film, Buddha in a Traffic Jam, on May 6 on the varsity campus.

The BJP leader argued that the allegations were baseless since the students had “intentionally” thrown themselves at the accused. “Those who fear so much for their modesty, why did they go there,” asked Ghosh.

During the scuffle, at least four women had allegedly been molested by ABVP workers and complaints were filed with the police. “Those allegations of molestation are baseless. The girl students of JU who are levelling those allegations are themselves below standard, shameless and always in search of an opportunity to be in company of male students,” Ghosh said.

He said everyone has the democratic right to hold rallies outside the campus and it was also within the rights of the BJP’s student’s wing, ABVP, to do so.

Ghosh claimed that the allegations were an attempt to besmirch the ABVP and challenged the Left to fight them politically. “If they understand politics, then they should fight democratically. They should fight politically. They are bringing down the level of politics and trying to get sympathy like this,” he said.

On the involvement of ABVP supporters in the alleged molestation, Ghosh said there were just four ABVP members and they were packing film projection equipment when the current (Left) students’ wing in power thrashed them.

“Now they are alleging the molestation, is it worth believing?” he said.