JNU students union president Kanhaiya Kumar has stirred a controversy with a remark he made in his speech at JNU on Women's Day.
“No matter how much you try to stop us, we will speak up against human rights violations. We will raise our voice against AFSPA. While we have a lot of respect for our soldiers, we will still talk about the fact that in Kashmir women are raped by security personnel,” Kanhaiya said while addressing students at a women’s day march late on Tuesday night.
“During war in Rwanda 1000 women were raped. In Africa during the ethnic conflict, when military attacks other group firstly their women were raped. You take example of Gujarat, women were not just killed but were raped first,” he added.
After this, Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha on Wednesday filed a complaint in Vasant Vihar police station against Kanhaiya, saying he made “anti-national” statements in the aftermath of February 9 event.
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A senior police officer said, “We have received the complaint and the matter is being looked into. No FIR has been registered yet”.
A BJYM statement said, “Despite the submission of an undertaking before court, Kanhaiya has yet again addressed a gathering of students and uttered poisonous words against the Indian Army, labelling them as rapists of Kashmiri Women."
Kanhaiya’s party All India Students Federation (AISF) maintained that, “he made the remarks in context of atrocities on women worldwide and not just in Kashmir. He in no way meant to demean Army or any other force and he clarified that in his speech too”.
The ABVP which had objected to the February 9 event as well, issued a statement saying, “The judge in her order also advised Kanhaiaya to not forget the contribution of those sacrificing lives on borders. His statement is an attack on Indian Army”.
Kanhaiya was arrested on February 12 in a sedition case over an event on campus against hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru during which anti-national slogans were allegedly raised. He was granted an interim bail for six months by Delhi High Court last week.