It is yet another black spot on the UP police under the Chief Minister Yogi Aditya Nath when they indulged in indiscriminate baton charge on the students including girls in the campus of Banaras Hindu University on September 23 evening. A video showing policemen raining blows on girl students of the university was doing rounds of the social media. During this use of force by the police hundreds of students were injured as the cops behaved recklessly and irresponsibly in their actions. The girl students were demonstrating against a molestation incident in the campus. The students wanted to see the vice chancellor and headed towards his office when chaos gripped the crowd. No doubt some vehicles were set on fire, but the police could have controlled the situation by persuasion and the university administration could have pacified the irate mob. Both failed and the police used brute force to control the situation. The most condemnable action by the law and order machinery was that the police manhandled, pushed and even punched the girl students.
The opposition Congress and Samajwadi Party sharply criticized the BJP government led by Yogi Aditya Nath in U.P. The attack took place a day after Prime Minister Nadrendra Modi’s visit to Varanasi, which is his Lok Sabha constituency. The Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi said the police violence was the, ‘BJP version of Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao.’ The former Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav said the use of force by police against girl students was very unfortunate and it was the failure of the government. The matter could have been solved through talks. The first year student, the victim for which the demonstration was organized said that three bike-borne men had harassed her. The girl students alleged that such incidents occurred in the past but the university authorities ignored their complaints. Thus the basic fault lies with the vice chancellor. The Congress demanded the V C should be sacked because many girl students revealed that their harassment by students and others had been a regular feature in the campus.
It is yet another black spot on his image, therefore the Chief Minister should see that the campus environs turned safe for the girl students and the image of the university is not blemished.