Hyderabad, March 29, 2016 (PPI-OT):Indian policemen, who cracked down on students protesting at University of Hyderabad, threatened to rape the women students, revealed an independent fact finding team. The team, which looked into March 22 incidents on the campus, found that there was widespread assault of women students. “Abusive language and threats to rape the women students were heard from police,” said the interim report by the panel comprising senior human rights activists, academicians and lawyers.
The team met students, faculty members, police and Telangana home minister. The team members told reporters that students and faculty members arrested were not presented before a magistrate within 24 hours as required by law. “Police could have given bail but the students and faculty were remanded in judicial custody,” said the report.
Police had arrested 25 students and two faculty members when they were staging a protest against P Appa Rao resuming his duties as the vice chancellor. The committee said that the registrar banned the entry of media, political, social and students groups on March 23 so that nobody could meet the faculty or students on campus and see for themselves the place of occurrence of the violence let loose a day earlier.
The panel recommended that criminal investigation should be immediately conducted and action should be taken against the police personnel who have willfully neglected their duty. The members of the panel are Henri Tiphagne (Human Rights Defenders Alert), Tara Rao (Amnesty International), Burnard Fatima (International Movement against all forms of Discrimination and Racism), Kuffir Nalgundwar (Round Table India), Kiruba Munusamy (Supreme Court lawyer), Beena Pallical (National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights), Ramesh Nathan (National Dalit Movement for Justice), Asha Kowtal (All India Dalit Mahila Adhikar Manch) and Paul Divakar (Asia Dalit Rights Forum).
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