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Army raping Kashmiri women, says Kanhaiya Kumar; BJP files complaint

Deccan Chronicle | DC Correspondent

Published on: March 10, 2016 | Updated on: March 10, 2016

BJP youth wing said Kanhaiya's remarks were anti-national' and that he had defied his bail conditions.

JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar addressing students on the JNU campus in New Delhi. (Photo: PTI)

JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar addressing students on the JNU campus in New Delhi. (Photo: PTI)

New Delhi: A fresh complaint has been lodged against Jawaharlal Nehru students' union president Kanhaiya Kumar for remarks made by him at a student's gathering on women's day. The complaint has been filed by BJP's youth wing, which allege Kanhaiya's statements were "anti-national".

"No matter how much you try to stop us, we will speak up against human rights violations. We will raise our voice against AFSPA. While we have a lot of respect for our soldiers, we will still talk about the fact that in Kashmir women are raped by security personnel," Kanhaiya reportedly said while addressing students at a women's day march late on Tuesday night.

"During war in Rwanda 1000 women were raped. In Africa during the ethnic conflict, when military attacks other group firstly their women were raped. You take example of Gujarat, women were not just killed but were raped first," the JNU student leader purportedly said at the event.

Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) filed a complaint in Vasant Vihar police station saying these remarks were "anti-national" and that Kanhaiya defied his bail conditions.

"Despite the submission of an undertaking before court, Kanhaiya has yet again addressed a gathering of students and uttered poisonous words against the Indian Army, labelling them as rapists of Kashmiri Women," a BJYM statement said.

The BJYM also filed a complaint against JNU professor Nivedita Menon who, in a new video, is heard saying Kashmir is not a part of India and that pro-azaadi slogans are justified..

"JNU professor Nivedita Menon has been spewing hatred against the Indian Armed Forces in public meetings as well. She made statements like it is recognized worldwide that India is illegally occupying Kashmir," it added.

"We have received the complaint and the matter is being looked into. No FIR has been registered yet," a senior police official said.

However, Menon, who teaches at the Centre for Comparative Politics and Political Theory at the School of International Studies in JNU, said, "I don't believe anything I said was anti-national".

The All India Students Federation (AISF), to which Kanhaiya belongs to, clarified his remarks saying, "He made the remarks in context of atrocities on women worldwide and not just in Kashmir. He in no way meant to demean Army or any other force and he clarified that in his speech too".

Kanhaiya was arrested on February 12 and charged with sedition over an event on campus on February 9 against hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru during which anti-national slogans were allegedly raised. He was granted an interim bail for six months by Delhi High Court last week.

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