Being a feminist in conservative Aligarh Muslim University10 min read . Updated: 29 Apr 2019, 11:11 PM IST
What is happening in one of our oldest universities is representative of a wider movement across Indian campuses
Aligarh: At 4.50pm, just 10 minutes before the university administration’s doors shut for the day, over 30 students of the Women’s College of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) gathered on the stairs leading up to the registrar office. The group spread itself out on the stairway and locked all the entrances. Soon, the students had barricaded the building and taken everyone by surprise. The slogans then began to ring: “RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh) murdabad, chaatra-ekta zindabad (Down with RSS. Long live student unity). Three days earlier, on 12 February, a clash between Republic TV staffers and some college students had resulted in sedition charges against 14 male students (the sedition charges were dropped later).
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