From Pondicherry to Oxford, campus protests against violence at JNU

NEW DELHI: From the University of Pondicherry to the University of Oxford in London, anger over violence resonated in universities across the country and even abroad when students protested against the attack of an armed mafia on students and members of the faculty.

In India, the protests took place at the University of Pondicherry, Bangalore University, Hyderabad University, Aligarh Muslim University, Mumbai University, Delhi University, Ambedkar University, Banaras Hindu University, University from Chandigarh, the National Law University in Bangalore, Savitri Bai Phule University in Pune, TISS Mumbai, Jadavpur University, Presidency University, Kolkata and IIT Bombay.

The students organized peaceful marches to register their protest against violence on the JNU campus with the SOSJNU hashtag on social networks.

Today is them, tomorrow can be us. Violence in any form is condemnable. We support our friends at JNU, said Raiza, a student at the University of Pondicherry.

The students of the University of Oxford, the University of Columbia and the University of Sussex also organized silent marches with signs demanding the safety of the students on campus.

In Nepal, UNWG students gathered in Maitighar Mandala in Kathmandu to protest violence on campus.

In Mumbai, the protest of the students at the Gate of India that began at midnight continued with more people attending the iconic monument to express solidarity with the students.

Maharashtra Minister Jitendra Awhad of NCP joined the students in the protest and sat down with them to discuss their demands.

When people begin to fear the intellect, there is anarchy, the minister told reporters as the students shouted slogans condemning the violence.

The students of the Institute of Cinema and Television of India in Pune also organized a demonstration in front of the door of the FTII, holding banners with messages such as: FTII is with JNU, condemns the violence of the thugs of ABVP.

A day after the violence at JNU, some students from Panjab University interrupted the direction of Haryana's president, Gian Chand Gupta. With banners, the students belonging to some leftist student bodies shouted slogans against the BJP, RSS and the ABVP when the speaker of Haryana was addressing during a seminar.

The student protest also took place at the University of Jadavpur and the University of the Presidency in West Bengal.

Violence broke out at Jawaharlal Nehru University on Sunday night when masked men armed with sticks attacked students and teachers and damaged property on campus, prompting the administration to call the police.

Many were injured and entered the Institute of Medical Sciences of India in New Delhi.

The president of the JNU Student Union, Aishe Ghosh, suffered a head injury. The 34 students who entered the AIIMS trauma center were discharged on Monday morning.

The JNUSU controlled by the left and the ABVP blamed each other for the violence that continued for almost two hours.

One day after the incident, Delhi police registered a case against people not identified by disturbances and property damage.