Rajasthan University students protest over Union Elections and photo circulation issue

Rajasthan University students protest over Union Elections and photo circulation issue

The protests were held on Thursday August 17, 2023

Rajasthan University Students Protests

At the Central University of Rajasthan, students staged a demonstration on the campus in response to an accusation made by a female student. She claimed that the security officer had taken a photograph of her without her permission and then shared it among others. In response to the situation, the university has taken action by initiating an inquiry into the incident. This step was taken on Friday to address the concerns raised by the students and to ensure a thorough examination of the matter.

On Thursday 17 August, 2023 night, a group of agitated students gathered on the campus to express their dissatisfaction with the situation. They were demanding appropriate measures to be taken against the individual accused of wrongdoing. Dalpat Singh, the Station House Officer (SHO) of the Bandar Sindri police station, stated that as of now, no First Information Report (FIR) has been filed in relation to the incident. This indicates that formal legal proceedings regarding the matter have not yet been initiated. 

"We will ensure that this investigation is conducted impartially and that appropriate action will be taken based on the findings," Vice Chancellor Prof Anand Bhalerao said in a statement. "We have received certain complaints in the recent past and have deputed an ombudsman, who is a retired judge, to investigate the matter," he said.

Students Seeking Union Elections Burn Effigy, Stage Protest

Amidst a protest at Rajasthan University, a group of students resorted to burning an effigy representing the state's higher education minister. This action was also taken on Thursday as a response to the government's recent decision to forego student union elections within higher educational institutions for the 2023-24 academic session. The protest indicated the students strong disagreement with this decision. The state's higher education department had issued an order on August 12, officially announcing the cancellation of student union elections for the specified academic period.

Over the past three days, student representatives from the National Students' Union of India (NSUI), Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), and aspiring independent candidates aiming to participate in the upcoming elections have each organized distinct protests on the campus. During these demonstrations, around 40 students took a bold step by sealing the main entrance of the university on Thursday. When authorities attempted to unseal the door, these students confronted the police personnel present and even resorted to burning an effigy of Rajendra Singh Yadav, the higher education minister, as an expression of their discontent.


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