Thursday, October 14, 2010

[ZESTCaste] Dalit remarks: Case filed against RU prof

Dalit remarks: Case filed against RU prof
TNN, Oct 13, 2010, 11.41pm IST

JAIPUR: Students have filed a case against Rajasthan University
professor P D Sharma, for allegedly making derogatory remarks on Dalit
community during a special lecture, at Gandhi Nagar police station on

Meanwhile, vice- chancellor AD Sawant issued an order to immediately
relieve director of Social Science Research Center (SSRC), Sangeeta
Sharma from her assignment while deputy director of SSRC, Ashok Singh
has been transferred to public administration department.

Students demonstrated for the third day as they are agitated over P D
Sharma's remarks on the Dalit community and had called a "university
bandh" on Wednesday. On Tuesday, Dalit students had held a mock
funeral procession for professor Sharma.

According to reports, students were furious over an alleged statement
made by Sharma in a seminar that "Dalits shouldn't be allowed to ride
a horse". Though the professor had expressed regret over the incident
and tried to talk to the students, he failed to persuade them to
call-off their agitation.

Student leader Sunil Khatik said students had gathered at university
main gate for a dharna but the administration called the police who
took into custody the agitating students. He said all agitating
students were forced into a bus and taken to NRI colony, where they
were set free.

A university official said around 20-25 students barged into the
central library and administrative block to disrupt work so the
authorities informed the police. Police and senior administrative
officials convinced them about the action against guilty persons after
which they went away

SHO, Gandhi Nagar, Aas Mohammed said that a case has been registered
against RU professor on the complaints of students Lal Chand Verma and
Raj Tepan and matter is under investigation.

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