Trouble started in Jawaharlal Nehru University after hostel wardens stopped students from performing prayer last week.
Students led by ABVP on Monday approached JNU Vice-Chancellor S K Sopory against the Jhelum Hostel wardens and alleged that their intervention was politically motivated. The student party has also threatened to go on a strike if the varsity administration falls short of taking a timely action.
Hostel wardens stoked a controversy on November 21 after they asked a congregation to disperse from a hostel room where they were performing a havan.
“I organised a puja on my birthday. There was mantra-chanting and havan. Almost 15-20 students, all of whom were hostel inmates or JNU students, participated in the puja,” said Jitendra, an MPhil student in Sanskrit Studies.
He alleged that one of the wardens entered his room without taking off his shoes. “Disrespecting religion is not part of the JNU culture,” a student said.
According to JNU Students’ Union Joint Secretary and ABVP leader Saurabh Kumar Sharma, an FIR has been lodged at the local Vasant Vihar police station.
“This is not the first time communists have tried to attack us. We have decided to call for a university strike if no action is taken,” he said.
“How can one stop someone from practicing his religion?” he added.But Anand cited hostel rules and said such congregations are not allowed without prior approval of the authorities.
Source: Deccan Herald
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