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'Counselling is the way forward'

Mallica Joshi, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, July 31, 2013
First Published: 23:18 IST(31/7/2013) | Last Updated: 00:31 IST(1/8/2013)

When the hows and the whys of Wednesday's incident were being discussed on TV channels and news websites, most of the students at JNU were discussing the patriarchal system that leads to such crimes.

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It is not every day that such discussions are held after such a gruesome incident but JNU has for long been known for its strong feminist and leftist movements.

A number of students on Wednesday also demanded that regular discussions regarding patriarchy and gender issues need to be held to make sure such incidents are not reported in the future.

"We need to introspect and find out the reasons for such incidents. The media was trying to portray the girl as the villain but we must ensure that the real picture is revealed. Girls must never be shown as the culprit in such cases. We need counselling for all our students to ensure that a gender sensitive campus can be created," said Abhishek Yadav, former students' union member at JNU.

"The JNUSU expresses it utter shock at this incident. We need to collectively come to terms with this act by addressing the issues at hand, including the need for more extensive and intensive gender-sensitisation," said V Lenin, president, JNU students' union.


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