HNLU students get support of JNU, other law varsities

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 03 Sep 2018 11:22:35



Staff Reporter


As the silent protest of Hidayatullah National Law University (HNLU), Naya Raipur entered the seventh day on Sunday, they warned the Vice Chancellor of observing hunger strike if their demands are not met by September 5.

“We have set 5 pm on 5th as deadline for the university administration to resolve our issues or else we will observe hunger strike,” students told this newspaper on Sunday.
Meanwhile, HNLU students body has received support from various national law universities apart from the students union of JNU Delhi and Jadhavpur University, said the students. The JNU president has written a letter to the HNLU student body extending the support, said a student of the HNLU.

Students said that on August 29, the interim V-C Ravi Shankar Sharma insisted that the students resume classes so that the academic standard of the university doesn’t suffer and assured them of considering their demands.
Meanwhile, a communication was received that the Registrar I/C of the University, Dr Ayan Hazra informed the students that the resignation of Balwinder Kaur as Warden of the Girls’ Hostel as demanded by the students had been rejected by the Vice-Chancellor. However, the events took a turn for the worse when Ravi Shankar Sharma, the interim V-C arrived at the campus and warned them with police action if they continue the protest and showed his disdain towards the actions of the students that had been falsely portrayed to him. A delegation from the student body held a meeting with Sharma and behind closed doors, made him aware of the falsifications that he had been fed.

Upon getting a clearer picture, Sharma saw reason and then acquiesced to the voices of the student delegation and relented by saying that the students have a democratic right to protest. However the student body of the university, as of day six of the protest, remained with empty hands and some verbal assurance of their demands being met. As a mark of solidarity among the students, they gathered and surrounded the administrative block of the university with a human chain symbolizing the fortification of the college against arbitrary use of power. It is evident that the students don’t plan on relenting unless their demands of reinstating lawfulness, the rule of law and ousting of elements deterrent to the same is met with.