Unrest and ideological clashes on rise at north Indian universities

Oct 4, 2018 by

Banaras Hindu University is the latest of many campuses to suffer student unrest in the BJP-ruled north Indian state

By Kanchan Srivastava –

Public universities in India seem to have become the new battlefield of clashing ideologies with the latest spurt of violence taking place at the century-old Banaras Hindu University (BHU) in the political hotbed of Uttar Pradesh.

Violence erupted on September 23 in BHU when some women students faced assault from the right-wing student organization Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP). The women were performing a street play to mark the anniversary of their protests against sexual harassment on campus and to highlight the university’s inability to curb it.

A day after the incident fresh clashes broke out at several hostels in the already tense campus and the hospital attached to the university, the latter allegedly caused by a patient being denied treatment.

Clashes between students continued for three days in a row at the university in Varanasi, which is one of the largest residential campuses in Asia. This resulted in the university being shut down until Sept 28 and students being asked to vacate their hostels. Doctors at the affiliated hospital have continued to boycott work in protest at the clash between them and the hostel boarders.

Source: Unrest and ideological clashes on rise at north Indian universities | Asia Times

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