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BHU students' protest: HRD ministry calls V-C Tripathi to Delhi

The protests at the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) against unabated and increasing incidents of eve-teasing haven't seemed to reach any conclusion. The university continued to remain tense as the students' protest turned violent, police lathicharged the protestors, evoking a sharp response from political leaders.

Many political parties, including the Congress, have come out to support the student and condemn the Uttar Pradesh government's response and the police crackdown on the students.

Vice-Chancellor of the university, Girish Chandra Tripathi, has been summoned by the Ministry of Human Resources Development to Delhi and according to a The Times of Indiareport, he departed for the national capital on Tuesday morning.

While protesters claim that he has been summoned by the HRD ministry, the report quoted a university spokesperson as saying that quarterly meeting of the executive council of BHU was rescheduled and Tripathi has gone to attend the same.

However, Tripathi insists that people from outside the university are responsible for the violence. The latest incident of eve-teasing, which triggered these protests, was reported on Thursday. A woman student of the arts faculty was harassed by three men on a motorcycle inside the campus as she returned to her hostel.

Talking to The Indian Express,Tripathi said that the incident of sexual harassment was "created by outsiders" with "vested interests" who had an eye on the prime minister's visit to Varanasi. He added that while the campus has adequate security measures in place, "security for boys and girls can never be at par".

"If we listen to every demand of every girl we won't be able to run the university," the report quoted him as saying.

The students of BHU have been protesting outside the vice-chancellor's residence and several female students were injured when the police allegedly used force to remove them. The students reportedly wanted to meet Tripathi but were stopped by security guards.

The vice-chancellor claimed that the use of force was against criminals and not girl students, according to The Indian Express report.

The girl students of BHU feel that the campus is unsafe because of its poor lighting, lack of CCTVs and uncooperative security guards, according to a The Hindu report. Following the incident, the woman students submitted a memorandum to the Dean of Student Welfare. It states, "Boys come from outside and engage in objectionable acts... They pelt stones, and use filthy language while passing by."