In view of media reports, National Human Rights Commission issues notice to BHU V-C

Taking cognizance of media reports on the violence in Benaras Hindu University,

Taking cognizance of media reports on the violence in Benaras Hindu University, the National Human Rights Commission has issued notices to the Uttar Pradesh government as well as the BHU vice-chancellor over alleged inaction on “complaints of eve-teasing” on the campus, and the police action against the students as they protested over the issue.

The students, mostly women, had been protesting, demanding a meeting with vice-chancellor Girish Chandra Tripathi for ensuring their safety and security.

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Tuesday said it has taken cognisance of media reports about alleged inaction on the part of the Banaras Hindu University authorities on a “complaint of eve-teasing and subsequent use of unwarranted manhandling and thrashing of agitating students, mostly women, by the Uttar Pradesh Police”.

The rights panel issued notice to the Uttar Pradesh chief secretary and the director general of police, and the BHU V-C, seeking a detailed report in four weeks.

“They have been asked to include the details of action taken against the miscreants and precautionary measures taken to ensure that such incidents do not recur,” the NHRC said in a statement.

The Commission observed that the contents of the media reports, carried on 25-26 September, are indicative of “lapses on the part of the university authorities, including the security guards, who instead of taking quick action on the complaint of eve-teasing, allegedly indulged in sarcastic comments towards the victim girl”.

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