The students have issued a document in reply to the said press note.
They have stated that the lockdown of washrooms was a powerplay to force their hands into ending the protest. They also mentioned that the locking of washrooms has been said to be procedure but the reply is silent on taking away water purifiers. There is no such procedure to uproot water purifiers.
The University has committees for debate, moot etc but they are headed by faculties and therefore the opinion of students is not heard.
The hostel warden is an important responsibility and it cannot be given to faculties who are overburdened with academic work.
Students in their reply have questioned every claim of the university and are not satisfied with the current stand.
One of the students, under the promise of anonymity, has told Lawctopus that the University has agreed on some of the demands but only ORALLY and are abstaining from signing anything.
As of today, the state of affairs is that the peaceful protests by the students continue.
Recent Updates from the Campus (September 19)
The most recent reports from the campus state that the college authorities have resorted to draconian ways to end the protest.
Washrooms on lockdown
It is a shame that a prestigious university of law has forgotten all about Basic Human Rights as they put locks on the washrooms in a campus where over 200 girls reside.
Water purifiers have been uprooted from the establishments in order to force the students out of the campus. There is nothing in the world which can justify taking away drinking water from 400 kids whose average age is below 20.
September 20 (Day 4)
According to the notice of the University, this is the date to vacate the premises and go back to their home. Students who come all the way from Bihar, Odisha, West Bengal, Karnataka, Kerala, Gujarat and other states are expected to magically leave the campus and land into their homes in a day’s notice.
The four hundred students could have just as easily chosen the other route by vandalising university property, heckling staff and even causing a ruckus at the homes and offices of the higher officials. They chose not to and even after the administration threw several punches, the students took the hit and kept moving forward.
It has been reported that as of 20th September, breakfast was not served at the university campus, and students have arranged for their own food. It has also been informed that no food shall be served at the university anymore for the whole duration of the strike.
Last but not least, the entire academic block has been completely locked down by the administration.
As a peaceful message, the students have set up their packed up luggage collectively in the university campus.
The peaceful protests at HPNLU faced a series of blows by the archaic administration and yet stood strong. The protests have till date garnered the attention of national and regional media and yet the administration is far from even lending their ears.
The news of the events has been circulated and even advocates have started to take notice of the fact but we cannot help but wonder why has the government not intervened?
I’m told that police, no less, is being brought into @hpnlu campus tom. Draconian acts against students fed up with unsafe water, hepatitis & terrible facilities isn’t quite the way to foster rule of law. Govt needs to lay off, allocate more money asap. https://t.co/fuI3anjUva
Ever since the protests started the administration has tried to strong-arm the students into folding. Allegedly, there were comments made by the Vice-Chancellor suggesting to enrol into a traditional law university if they can’t afford the fees and to enroll in Jindal Global Law School if they can afford the fee for better facilities.
Reports are that even the Chancellor stopped them in their steps when a delegation of the students approached for help and denied acknowledging all demands excluding the academics.
All along the way, the students were thrown one challenge after another, each more daunting than the last. There was a notice issued by the authority to vacate the hostels for a week and failing to do so may result in strict action. With students coming in from different parts of the country to study, it was not possible for them to leave. Trailing this, all the facilities were taken away and the campus was on lockdown by the authorities.
All of this happened because the students demand hygiene, food fit for humans, infrastructure that they pay for and wifi for research.