Demanding Kanhaiya’s Release, JNU Students to March to Parliament


The students of Jawaharlal Nehru University are planning to undertake a Parliament march tomorrow seeking the release of students union President Kanhaiya Kumar and other two charged with sedition.

“We are going to hold a solidarity march to Parliament tomorrow to protest the stifling of dissent in JNU, Hyderabad university and elsewhere through sedition charges,” JNUSU vice president Shehla Rashid Shora.

The protest march which will be joined by academicians and students from various universities across Delhi, will begin from Mandi House area at 2 pm tomorrow.

“We want to take up our issues with the PMO, MHRD and the Home Minister. We will also be approaching the NHRC and the Minority Commission to register our concerns at the functioning of the Delhi Police and the continuing threats of physical violence against Kanhaiya, Umar and Anirban,” she added.

“Our major demands include release of the three students, revoking sedition charges and the varsity suspension order,” Ms. Rashid said.

The students are also demanding resignation of HRD Minister Smriti Irani alleging that she “misused powers” and “peddled lies” regarding the row at JNU and Hyderabad University where a Dalit scholar -Rohith Vemula- was found hanging in a hostel room.

“We want the government to enact a ‘Rohith Act’ to end caste based discrimination in universities and educational institutions,” she added.