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Dalit student physically attacked by students of Hans Raj College; casteist remarks passed

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A Dalit student of Delhi University, Puran, was allegedly attacked by a group of students from Hans Raj College on 4 April 2016, Monday. The victim further alleged that the group hurled casteist and communal remarks at him, while physically assaulting him.

Puran, who is an activist from the Krantikari Yuva Sangathan (KYS), was in the college premises pasting posters of a student protest against the rape and murder of a Dalit girl, when the accused gang of goons approached him. On learning about his Dalit background, they started abusing him and passed several anti-caste comments.

Harish Gautam from Anti-Caste Cell of KYS in his press release said, “The goons, shockingly took Puran to the College Principal themselves, an act which openly stated that they had direct links with the administration. The Principal snatched away his phone and kept him illegally confined in the room. This was especially shocking as it was done with the sole purpose of harassing him further.”

Meanwhile, Puran has taken the issue to the National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) to seek justice under SC/ST Atrocities Act. The NCSC on Wednesday ordered a probe into the allegations and the panel also sought a detailed report in the matter from the Delhi Police Commissioner.

On 5 April 2016, Tuesday, students and other activists of KYS held a militant protest outside Hans Raj College regarding the incident.  A complaint was also filed by Puran on Monday, at the Maurice Nagar Police Station. However, official action is pending.

On being contacted, the College Principal said, “I asked him for his identity card. On ascertaining that he doesn’t belong to the college, we informed the police and a complaint was launched against Puran for entering the college and pasting posters without seeking permission from the authorities.” Other members from the authority were unavailable to comment. Inputs taken from The Asian Age, The Hindu and The Press Release issued by the Krantikari Yuva Sangathan(KYS).]]>

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