A leader of the right-wing student organisation Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), Suman Dutta, has alleged that women students in Jadavpur University (JU) "can't" be molested because they have no "shame".
“These girls claim to be molested. Someone should tell them that only girls who have shame can be molested,” he was quoted as saying in The Indian Express. "These girls kiss men openly. This is what they do all day."
Dutta was speaking at a protest march on Monday, demanding action against the "anti-national" Left-aligned students in JU. Earlier, the two groups of students from ABVP and the Left wing had clashed on Friday inside the university campus over the screening of Vivek Agnihotri-directed film Buddha in a Traffic Jam. During the scuffle, some women students were allegedly molested.
Suman Dutta, however, claimed that these women of creating “unnecessary drama”. In fact, he even addressed the crowd in the protest march asking if they would "let their daughters and sisters kiss men in the open like these JU girls".
He added, sarcastically, that the Left-aligned students have taught men and women to love each other like brothers and sisters. They have also, preserved 'Bengal's culture', he mocked.
"Through the 'kissing' revolution, they have taught women to wear just underwear," he said.
"So undergarment-wearing comrade and kissing comrades, just want to ask you, if you are a father and a mother someday, and your daughter is kissing some other man in front of you, will you still say all of this?"
Meanwhile, Subir Haldar, the ABVP West Bengal secretary, has threatened to "cut off" the legs of "anti-national" Left-aligned JU students if they dared to step out of campus.
"The Jadavpur University is becoming a hub of anti-national elements," Haldar told a protest rally outside JU campus on Monday. "If these anti-national Leftist students of JU try to step out of the campus we will cut off their legs."
The student organisation, affiliated to the Hindu nationalist Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), had taken out a a protest march from Goalpark area to Jadavpur police station yesterday. They were earlier expected to march till the JU campus, but were stopped from entering the university grounds after the police put up barricades in the area.
Haldar later defended his statement, telling journalists that some JU students "cut up" India by raising anti-national slogans which are in favour of separatists. "Then why can't we say that we will take steps to stop such activities?" he told PTI.
(with PTI inputs)