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JNU protest 2018: What was it all about

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JNU protestJawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) is again in news for yet another protest and clash with police.

Here are 10 things you need to know about JNU protest 2018:

1. Students of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and members of JNU Teachers’ Association (JNUTA) on Friday (Mar 23) launched a protest against the privatization of education and the institution’s compulsory attendance rule.

2. The protesters also demanded removal of several departmental heads and arrest of professor, Atul Johri, who had been allegedly sexually harassing at least eight female students of the School of Life Sciences since 2014.

3. JNU students and JNUTA members marched from the university campus towards the Parliament in New Delhi on Friday.

4. However, the Delhi Police stopped them near INA market in South Delhi, triggering clashes between the cops and protesters.

5. The protesters alleged that the police used water canons and resorted to baton charge.

6. It was also alleged some protesters were injured in the police clash, while some demonstrators were detained by the cops as well.

7. The protest took a nasty turn when a woman journalist and a woman photographer were allegedly assaulted by the cops during the clash.

8. The woman journalist lodged a case against a Delhi Police inspector for allegedly molesting her, while the woman photographer accused a policewoman for roughing her up.

9. The Delhi Police on Saturday (Mar 24) tendered a written apology to the journalist and photographer.

10. Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) and Delhi Police spokesperson Madhur Verma issued a statement on Saturday, saying: “Yesterday’s incident was a very unfortunate one. Our deepest apologies to the media. Our intention wasn’t to obstruct the media from doing its job.”

Pic: Facebook grab

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Sreya Basu

Sreya is based in Kolkata. She is a Senior Editor of Big Wire.

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