Published: 22nd March 2019
JNU Hunger Strike: Five days on, protesting students' health worsens; VC stays mum
One of the students was even rushed to the hospital but the JNUSU is complaining that the VC has still not agreed to a meeting with them
One of the students participating in the JNU hunger strike, which they started on Monday evening, has contracted jaundice, while the other students' sugar levels have dropped and some have been taken to hospital too. Yet, there has been no word from the VC, Mamidala Jagadesh Kumar.
The former JNUSU President, Geeta Kumari's sugar levels have fallen to 43 and her haemoglobin level is below 8. Things are not too good for the former JNUSU Joint Secretary, Shubhanshu Singh as well, he has allegedly contracted jaundice but is continuing to sit down for the hunger strike. Aishe Ghosh, SIS Convenor, is suffering from low BP and low sugar levels with an irregular heartbeat and had to be rushed to the hospital today.
The other students are also allegedly not doing too well but are determined to continue their strike. In a statement, the JNUSU said, "The insensitive behaviour shown by the JNU VC is condemnable. Yesterday when the eleven hunger strikers went to meet him hoping to establish dialogue, the JNU VC offered sweets to them and did not appear to be bothered about the fact that they haven't had a morsel of food. He is putting the lives of the students in jeopardy and has been predictable in the way that he is not showing any concern whatsoever for the students whose condition has been getting worse with every passing moment."
The students are protesting against various policies of the administration — these include the new prospectus which is exclusionary in nature, the online entrance examination, scuttling of deprivation points and reservation, the arbitrary decision of delinking MPhil and PhD and scrapping of the BA second year lateral entry policy,
The JNUSU is also organising an effigy burning in the evening today to protest against the administration's indifference to their movement.