Delhi University’s student organisations held rallies on Monday, defying the ban on rallies and demonstrations in the campus. With just 10 days to go for DUSU elections, the university’s ban on rallies was expected to dampen the student parties’ poll campaigns.
Members of Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad — which occupied three top positions in DUSU last year — held a rally in North Campus on Monday, demanding action against people responsible for the molestation case. While university officials had approached ABVP members during their protest at the Faculty of Arts. “They told us that we did not have permission to hold a rally. We said since we are DU students, we have the right to be present on campus,” ABVP state secretary Rohit Chahal said.
He said, “The university is trying to put an end to students’ politics on campus. We will not let this happen. There should be someone or some authority to put students’ demands forward. Through the ban, the university has also targeted other organisations which have been raising their voice against the administration.”
Amrishranjan Pandey, the spokesperson of NSUI, said, “While the elections are very near, the ban has not affected us too much. Even today, we took out a protest in South Campus on the issue of lack of transport facilities. Since the university has banned rallies on campus, we were protesting on the streets which fall under the PWD.”
Other organisations like Students’ Federation of India and All India Students’ Association denounced incidents of molestation on campus.
According to Sunny, a member of AISA, some parties have detracted from the main issue and are using the eve-teasing incident to increase their vote bank. “Outsiders participate in most ‘shakti-pardarshan’ rallies. The university should take action against them,” he said.
The university proctor, Usha Rao, however, maintained that the ban on rallies will be in place till further notice and strict action will be taken against those who defy the ban.