Gyan Dev Ahuja, a BJP legislator from Rajasthan who has earned ridicule for suggesting the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) was a sex den, said on Thursday that 50% of the cases of rape and molestation in New Delhi were committed by the students of the institute.
The statistics are from the annual report of the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW), the MLA from Ramgarh in Alwar district, who drew flak earlier this week over claims that more than 3,000 used condoms and 2,000 liquor bottles are found daily at the JNU campus, said.
Ahuja faced criticism on social media and beyond after he called JNU students “anti-nationals” and accused them of “misdeeds with our sisters and daughters”, saying more than 10,000 cigarette butts, 4,000 beedis, 50,000 bone pieces, 2,000 wrappers and 3,000 used condoms were found at the campus.
The ensuing Twitter storm, where hashtags critical of the BJP trended for hours, prompted party chief Amit Shah to summon the 65-year-old to Delhi.
HT reached out to him on Thursday to find out about the source of the information after he was seen reading out from a paper while making the bizarre condom-counting statement during a protest march in Alwar.
Ahuja said his source was a secret but pointed out that there was a condom vending machine at the JNU campus.
“I fail to understand why an education campus should have a condom vending machine. I have pictures of the machine,” he told HT, adding that he was collecting information for more revelations about the institute.
On Wednesday, Ahuja landed in another controversy after purported photographs emerged showing him dancing with women and showering money on them. The images seemed to have been taken during Lohri celebrations in 2015. Some photos also showed him wearing a garland made up of Rs 500 notes.
Ahuja has been associated with the RSS, BJP’s ideological parent, since 1958 and has been a member of the ABVP, Hindu Jagran Manch and Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS) – all bodies of the RSS – for years before he took the plunge into politics in 1993 “to prevent atrocities on Hindus”.
According to the Rajasthan assembly website, his educational qualification is BA (first year) and occupation is journalism. He dropped out after his first year in college because of his “family conditions”.
“People have mocked my education without knowing what the circumstances that forced the dropout,” he said. “I have been a trade unionist since 1977 till my first election in 1993 which I lost.”
The two-term MLA won from Ramgarh for the first time in 1998. He lost the 2003 polls but hasn’t been defeated since.