Outsiders charged by Kolkata’s Rabindra Bharati University for obscene body markings

In one of the photographs that went viral, four women in yellow sarees were seen standing side by side with each of them showing one word from a line from a Tagore song written on the back.
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Updated on Mar 06, 2020 08:28 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Kolkata | ByHT Correspondent

The authorities at Rabindra Bharati University (RBU) in Kolkata on Friday lodged police complaint against four young men and a young woman for allegedly entering the campus during pre-Holi celebrations on Thursdays and writing obscene words on their bodies with vermilion of different shades. The youths, who are all students from different colleges, live in Hooghly district.

Photographs of these people were uploaded on social media and it triggered strong reactions. In one of the photographs that went viral, four women in yellow sarees were seen standing side by side with each of them showing one word from a line from a Tagore song written on the back. The original words were however replaced with obscene ones.

RBU students rounded up the youths when they entered the campus on Friday afternoon. “They are all outsiders. We have lodged a police complaint. This is deplorable. Such a thing never happened in the history of RBU,” said vice -chancellor Sabyasachi Basu Roychaudhury.

The accused youths made contradictory statements. While some said they came to the campus on Friday to apologise, the others claimed the photographs seen on social media were morphed. Officers from Sinthee police station, where the complaint was lodged, took them away for questioning.

More such photos and even videos, showing young boys and girls singing Tagore’s songs in extremely obscene languages, started surfacing after Friday afternoon with intellectuals and citizens writing posts in condemnation. Writing a strong note a Facebook, a user posted a video showing teenage girls in school uniform singing a Tagore song using unmentionable words.

“These people certainly cannot be students. This is an attack on our culture and society. Let the police probe these cases and take action according to law,” said Bengal education minister Partha Chatterjee.

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