The students of Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, in Punjab, have come together to protest against the sexist practices enabled and enforced by the administration. From this to the suspension of the 6 students when the student community protested against the ‘unhygienic food’- here’s everything you need to know.
The women of RGNUL have been complaining about the strict hostel curfew that is not imposed on men.
The authorities don’t let us use the library after 9pm, lock us inside our hostel blocks by 11pm, limit our mobility inside our own campus and pass sexist remarks when questioned.— Yashasvani Vashisht (@YashasvaniV) March 16, 2019
The girls @RGNUL stand undivided.@PinjraTod @HRDMinistry #JusticeForRGNUL pic.twitter.com/14VekM4kmY
The students have been complaining that the curfew starts at 11 pm, library is off-limits after 9 pm and even within the campus their movement is restricted.
Questioning of these arbitrary rules by the students is followed by sexist remarks by the administration.
According to The Quint, students have issues with the university administration run by the Administrative Officer, Mr. S.P. Singh.
According to the reports, Mr. S.P. Singh is an ex-jailer. His previous profession comes into play ‘as he runs the administration in a similar fashion to how our jails are run – with maximum constraints’.
According to The Wire, the administrative officer has targeted female students with sexist remarks like ‘ye gender equality ka chashma utaaro‘, ‘I identify you as girls before students’ and other statements.
Such a shame that such a violent, sexist man is at a leadership position at RGNUL. #justiceforrgnul pic.twitter.com/bSv6tmTWC8— Lawctopus (@Lawctopus) March 17, 2019
According to The Scroll, protesters sent an application to the University Chancellor, Krishna Murari as well, jotting down all the issues – from unreasonable library timings, to alarming indifference to harassment complaints.
Yesterday, 18th March, marked the fourth day of protest started by the students to claim #SexismSeAzaadi.
According to an anonymous source, reports The Wire, students have compiled a list of detailed instances of problematic behaviour exhibited by Mr. Singh and sent it to the National Commission For Women.
In another protest that has rocked the University, students demanded hygienic food at a hostel mess. According to The Tribune, following the protest, six students were suspended.
The protest against the ‘unhygienic food’ started on the 13th of March, where they banged on steel plates to vocalise their concern.
But on the 15th of March, the administration zeroed in on 6 students, harassed them and violated their fundamental rights, labeling the protest ‘violent’ and ‘ruthless’.
Following the suspension of the students, protests at RGNUL against the ‘maladministration’ ensued.
The student community decided to meet at around 1 AM on 16th March to hold a peaceful protest. The students also boycotted the mid-semester examinations in protest. The exams began on Monday.
We thank our fellow students at students of National Law School of India University, Bangalore for their show of solidarity against this maladministration. #justiceforrgnul #FreeRGNUL https://t.co/tl6EAetaAp pic.twitter.com/ZgeO9C88CD— FreeRGNUL (@freergnul) March 17, 2019
According to The Quint, the students were threatened that there will be repercussions if they participate in the protest.
According to The Scroll, the Rapid Action Force of the Central Reserve Police Force was called in on Monday.
Day 4 of RGNUL Protests#RGNUL #JusticeforRGNULhttps://t.co/vz5xZdZ454— Bar & Bench (@barandbench) March 18, 2019
In the evening of 16th of March, students dispersed as they were given the promise that the Chancellor of the university will meet them in person and listen to their demands.
Historic morning at RGNUL. Hundreds of students slept on the road for the whole of night. The careless and pathetic attitude has been showcaused by administration. As a result, we stand united until our demands are not fulfilled. #JusticeForRGNUL pic.twitter.com/vbAzJEUU6W— Dheeraj Awasthi 🇮🇳 (@DheerajAwasth9) March 16, 2019