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Varanasi University (BHU) Goofed Up, Say Cops In Early Report On Violence

Varanasi:  The Varanasi police have said the authorities of the Banaras Hindu University had mishandled the situation on the campus which led to Saturday’s violence, during which two policemen were caught on camera beating up a woman student with batons.

The police, who had been asked to investigate the matter by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, said the university authorities did not deal sensitively with the complaint of the girl who had been molested in the campus. Nor did the university make a timely intervention when the situation threatened to go out of hand, said the preliminary report of the police, which was submitted to the Uttar Pradesh Chief Secretary today.

The molestation of the student in the campus by three bike-borne men on Thursday had triggered the protests. The students said the university, instead of ensuring women’s safety on the campus, was indulging in victim shaming.  

But their requests to meet the Vice Chancellor were repeatedly turned down. The violence started on Saturday night after the protesting students, who were on way to the Vice Chancellor’s residence, were stopped by security guards of the university. The police were called in and a clash followed.