FIR against professor for anti-Dalit remark
Rajasthan University students are continuing their protest against a retired professor who allegedly made anti-Dalit remarks even as an FIR was lodged against the teacher.jaipur Updated: Oct 15, 2010 07:41 IST
Rajasthan University students are continuing their protest against a retired professor who allegedly made anti-Dalit remarks even as an FIR was lodged against the teacher.
The issue gained a political hue with Food and Civil Supplies Minister Babulal Nagar intervening in the matter and directing police to file an FIR against the Professor PD Sharma. The professor was unavailable for comment due personal bereavement. Students said they had tried to lodge an FIR on Monday but police had refused.
The Dalit students supported by the NSUI announced a bandh in the university. Police was called and they lathicharged and detained them at the Pratap Nagar for a few hours. They also went to the secretariat to meet Nagar.
Professor had allegedly said ‘Dalits should not be allowed to ride horses’ which angered the Dalit students. The professor expressed regret over his remark and tried to talk to students but they refused to back down. They held a mock funeral of the professor on Tuesday and the protest continued on Wednesday.
On Wednesday, the student threatened a bandh after which police detained the students.
One of the students, Madan Mohan, said, “We were in our hostels and getting ready in the morning when police suddenly came to arrest us.”
SHO, Gandhi Nagar Police Station, Aas Mohammad denied that the students were arrested from the hostel. He said, “We were informed that these students have announced a bandh in the university. So they were picked up under Section 129 of the CrPC to prevent any disturbance.”
According Mohammad, these students were taken to Pratap Nagar Police station. At the police station, there was a call from Nagar that he wanted to meet the students in the secretariat. The students were taken to the secretariat and after that police dropped them at the university campus.
Director, Center for Dalit Rights, Satish Kumar said, “Although remarks have been made earlier too but this time we all have come forward to protest this. I went to the police station and met the students. We will support them till a decision is taken against the professor.”
Mohan said the protest will continue on Thursday and the students will hold a dharna outside the collectorate along with other Dalit groups. A student leader, Narsi Kirad said, “It is no more a local issue. We want to raise it at the international level so that these kinds of unsavoury comments against Dalits are avoided in future.”