Delhi University: Dalit students beaten allegedly by ABVP activists, no FIR despite protests

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New Delhi: Students’ Federation of India (SFI) activists staged a protest in front of the Maurice Nagar Police station last night as the latter refused to lodge FIR against the attack on three Dalit students allegedly by the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) students in Ramjas College here. 

A final year student, LLB, Campus Law Centre, Faculty of Law, Vivek Raj informed that the arguments heated up with the ABVP activits when the SFI counterparts Akhil, Sachin and Aman were about to write ‘Jai Bhim’ on the varsity’s wall. Raj said that it is a very common activity on campus as the slogans like ‘Bharat mata ki Jai’ are also written over the walls. He claimed that the victim students wanted to write ‘Jai Bhim’ to counter caste name ‘Jaat’ written on the wall.  

Raj accused AVBP of using money and muscle power to create an atmosphere of fear on campus ahead of the Delhi University Students Union (DUSU) election scheduled in October.  

On being asked about the police reaction on the incident, Raj said no FIR has been filed till now even after the students gave a dharna outside Maurice Nagar Police Station. When News24 tried to reach out, the cops declined to comment.

Further in the conversation, Raj was asked about the claims that several students from ABVP were also beaten. He dismissed them all. 

The LLB students further alleged that the activists are being also brought from outside who promote chaos on campus.  

Sudhanshu Kumar, an elected member of the Academy Council gave his response over the entry of outsiders inside campus. He said a strict legal action should be taken against such activits claiming that they are often the ones who roam with political leaders outside. 

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The council member further stressed upon conduncting the DUSU election pending for several years now.

The beaten up students said they approached the police demanding the legal action under the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act but the latter ignored the plea and denied to register the complaint. He said that the ABVP activists used abusive words along with castiest slugs like ‘Chamar ka beta’.  

Meanwhile, SFI Vice President Aishe Ghosh on Wednesday condmned the act saying that “emergence of widespread caste-based mobilisations is a threat to progressive and secular spaces that stands for the abolishment of caste.” 

In an official statement, she said, “Activists of SFI Delhi and students of Ramjas College namely, Akhil, Sachin and Aman were brutally attacked by hooligans associating with caste-based groups, within the college campus.” 

first published:June 1, 2022, 4:56 p.m.

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