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Rajiv Gandhi Study Circle deplores attack on women students of BHU
The Delhi Unit of Rajiv Gandhi Study Circle (RGSC) deplores the attack on women students of BHU and argues that this attack needs to be analysed in larger framework of attack on ideas of university conceptualised in Education Commission-1964-66 and liberal space of the country.

The history of movements in campus shows that space of campus has always been site of change and transformation. The National Policy on Education, 1968, 1986 and 1992 clearly argue for university as a space for innovation, creativity and discourse of secularism, democracy, modernity and actualisation of human potential. Obviously, it requires freedom of expression for democratic values, safety and security of students. Unfortunately, these provisions have been denied to students in general and girl students in particular in BHU.

It has been argued by girl students of BHU that space of campus has been controlled by patriarchal, and anti-women forces. Due to this reason, space of campus witnessed harassment, teasing and exploitation of girl students. In fact, the demands of BHU girl students also reflect the same as the demands were centered to ensure safety and security. The BHU girls were demanding action against culprits, lights in dark areas, proper check points, and gender sensitisation of teachers, karamcharis and administrators, establishment of GSCASH, recruitment of women in security of campus etc. It is crystal clear that these demands are essential to ensure that a campus functions as conceptualised in Education Commission, 1964-66.

Contrary to accepting these demands, the administration of BHU unleashed brutal attack on girl students. Furthermore, the issue becomes even more serious as the Prime Minister of India is an elected MP from Varanasi, and his entourage was scheduled to pass via the site of agitation during his two-day visit to the city.

Obviously, it was expected from the MP from Varanasi that he would hear the voices of the agitating students. But ironically, the Prime Minister's route was changed which clearly reflects the apathy of the Prime Minister towards the issues of girl students. It was followed by suppression of voices of students in Varanasi. It may be argued that the approach of the Prime Minister not only gives a wrong signal in public domain but also, indirectly, supports anti-women forces.

RGSC analyses the incident of attack on girls of BHU in continuity of attacks on liberal space of the country and campuses across the length and breadth of the nation such as institutionalised murder of Rohith Vemula, murder of Gauri Lankesh, attacks on various professors of universities etc.

It may be argued that state-controlled fascist attack is evident on liberal space. RGSC demands action against the culprits, and total safety & security of girl students. Finally, RGSC is committed to save the liberal space in this great nation.

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