Published: 24th March 2018
NCW orders probe into alleged misconduct by cops at JNU protest march
The protest, organised by the JNU students union and teachers' association, demanded academic freedom and accessible education among others
The National Commission for Women has ordered a probe into the alleged manhandling of JNU students and a woman journalist during a protest march here. A large number of JNU students and teachers were on Friday stopped from marching to the Parliament Complex over various demands, including academic freedom, with police resorting to lathis and use of water cannons to disperse the protestors.
"We have ordered a probe and sent a team today (Saturday) to meet the police officials and we will further pursue the matter on Monday," NCW Acting Chairperson Rekha Sharma said. The protesting students had claimed that the "attack" by the police was "unprovoked", with a woman journalist alleging that a man in uniform "groped" her and asked her to vacate the place.
The "Padyatra", which started at the varsity's campus, was organised by the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students' Union (JNUSU) and the Jawaharlal Nehru University Teachers' Association (JNUTA). The associations are demanding academic freedom and accessible and equitable education. The teachers' body had requested other associations to join the protest march. Their other demands include withdrawal of the executive council's decision to constitute a committee to take action against teachers and the immediate withdrawal of notifications replacing chairpersons who were opposed to implementing compulsory attendance.