Tale of 2 cities: Mumbai and Delhi-- both face wrath of protesting students

National | March 20, 2018, 1:46 p.m.

New Delhi, March 20: Now members of CPI(M)'s women's wing All India Democratic Women's Association (AIDWA) are protesting outside Vasant Kunj Police Station over cases of alleged molestation against a JNU professor. The protesters are demanding action against the professor.
There has been unrest among students in two major cities, Mumbai and Delhi. The reasons are different but agitation and restlessness bind the students of these two cities.

Finally the agitating students in Mumbai who had called for a strike and had thus disrupted the rail services in Central Line have called off the strike and the trains are back on the track. There has been a massive protest in Mumbai between Matunga and Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus railway station. The agitated students are demanding jobs. "There has been no recruitment since last four years. We are struggling from pillars to post. Over 10 students have committed suicide. We cannot let such things happen," a student who was part of the protest reportedly said. 

Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students have taken to protest march to the Vasant Kunj police station demanding arrest of professor Atul Johris allegedly for sexual harassment of girl students.

"Four days after eight women students came forward with sexual harassment complaints against the professor, no action has been taken against him and just one FIR has been lodged," Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union (JNUSU) vice-president Simone Zoya Khan said.

The police said a probe was on in the case.

"A notice has been issued to the accused, asking him to join the investigation. The statements of the complainants have also been recorded," Joint Commissioner of Police (New Delhi) Ajay Chaudhary said.

However, in a statement, the JNUSU said, "The Delhi Police has postponed the recording (of statement) of Atul Johri till tomorrow. This (recording) could have been done today itself. We believe that the postponement was done to give him more time. Since an FIR has been registered, he should be interrogated in custody and not given time to protect himself. By giving him more time, the Delhi Police is actively protecting him."
The Delhi Commission for Women has sought a status report of the case.

News24Bureau with Agencies

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