As feared by many, an outsider intruded into the campus of Jawaharlal Nehru university today and tried to assault the students’ union president Kanhaiya Kumar in a bid to “teach him a lesson”, a sentence that was used by Delhi Police when they raided and arrested the student leader last month.
The man claimed that Kanhaiya is “abusing the country, raising anti-India slogans” and slapped and verbally abused him before the security caught him and escorted him out of the campus.
Kanhaiya Kumar was granted 6-month bail by Delhi High Court on March 3 pending probe into the Sedition charges slapped against him by the Delhi Police based on videos which were purportedly doctored. Kumar’s home coming speech a week ago on the campus has electrified the social media that many of his detractors and BJP accused him of “unbecoming” of a leader.
Kanhaiya Kumar denied that he had made any anti-India slogans and his “Azadi” slogans from hinger and social discrimination cleared the air surrounding the situation under which his arrest was sought by the police. But his speech, broadcast all over the country live during the prime time, has pushed him to stardom overnight and his detractors are crying foul now.
BJP minister Venkaiah Naidu described the media frenzy as “free publicity”, while many of his detractors vowed to teach him a lesson physically with little regard to the judiciary or the Indian Constitution. More than that the brutal attacks on JNU teachers and students in Patiala House where Kanhaiya Kumar was presented for hearing turned ugly with a section of lawyers attacking them and abusing them.
However, a former girl student of JNU revealed the so-called fine on him for threatening her a year ago. The JNUSU of which Kanhaiya Kumar is president and ABVP has a member, issued a clarification saying there is no compromise in the campus over gender justice. “We do respect the girl’s right to criticise Kanhaiya but we want to reiterate that he has always stood for gender justice. Also, when the incident took place, he was not the president of the students’ union,” said the statement from JNUSU.