JNU row: Cry for release of Umar, Anirban gets shriller

Written by: Maitreyee Boruah
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New Delhi, March 14: Along with the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students' Union (JNUSU) president Kanhaiya Kumar, two more student leaders of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU)--Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya -were also arrested under sedition charges. Kanhaiya has been released on bail recently. However, both Umar and Anirban are still in jail.

Moreover, former Delhi University professor SAR Geelani was arrested on sedition and other charges on February 15. While six JNU students have been charged with sedition over an event on JNU campus, Geelani is facing the charges over an event at the Press Club, Delhi.

JNU row

It order to ensure the release of Umar, Anirban and Geelani, students of JNU and their supporters are all set to host People's March, a protest rally, on March 15. Simultaneously, the protest rally will also be hosted in Bengaluru.

In a video address to students and activists, Kanhaiya announced about the March 15 event. The event is to demand the release of Umar, Anirban and Geelani and dropping of sedition charges against all of us, says Kanhaiya.

Moreover, the students want promulgation of Rohith Act on the lines of Nirbhaya Act. The idea of Rohith Act was mooted by the Joint Action Committee (JAC) for Social Justice, University of Hyderabad (UoH), Hyderabad, after Rohith Vemula committed suicide on the campus of UoH. 

JNU row

The campus of UoH is on the boil since the suicide of Rohith. The 26-year-old Dalit research scholar was found hanged on the university campus on January 17.

"We demand that Rohith Act be introduced and implemented which will ensure legislative protection for students from marginalised communities in higher educational institutions," said student leaders of JNUSU.

The protesting students want an end of "saffron interference" in educational institutions. "We reject all the bogus enquiry committees formed by the government in various universities to harass students," said student leaders of JNUSU.

Here is the video:

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