The 17-year long fight for justice by the victim of the Suryanelli gang rape case now stands at an important turning point. The horrendous incident of gang rape, in which a 16-year old schoolgirl from Suryanelli in Idukki district, Kerala, was duped by a friend, held captive, taken to several places and raped by several men over 42 days, had occurred in January-February 1996. The Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) government of the day did not prosecute the case seriously because P J Kurien, a prominent Congress leader, was one of those named by the victim as the rapists.

When the Left…

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Following the JNU administration’s refusal to accept any of the key demands of the student community, the latter has been forced to intensify the ongoing struggle under the leadership of the JNUSU. Sixteen students have begun Indefinite Hunger Strike, and a number of others are on relay hunger strike since yesterday night. The Academic Council of the University is scheduled to meet on the 30th of this month, and the hunger strike and other protest actions in the coming days must lead to concrete advances on a number of outstanding issues that require urgent attention and redressal. Integrating…

Read more: Press Release 24-10-2012

Build New Hostels!!
The JNUSU had called for a protest demonstration at the Dean of Students Office a few days back to press for various demands. Assurances were given then that new hostel lists would be coming out soon. At that time, out of a total of 2027 students belonging to the Priority-I (P-I) category who had applied for hostels, 617 students were yet to get a hostel. A new list did come out subsequently, according to which 136 boys have been allotted hostels. Thus, as it stands now, 481 students have not got hostels. Out of these, 389 are boys and 92 are girls. In other words, the hoste…

Read more: Onwards to the Academic Council Meeting: On Some Pertinent Issues facing the Student Community

Over the past few weeks, the Congress-led UPA government has unleashed a fresh set of attacks on the lives and livelihoods of the common people of India. The cap imposed on the number of LPG cylinders made available at subsidised rates has hit the people hard. The adverse effect of this decision is already being felt by students all across the country.
In Delhi, the rate at which LPG cylinders are made available to hostels has gone up by a whopping Rs. 676 rupees – the current rate is Rs. 1075 per cylinder compared to the earlier Rs. 399 per cylinder. To cite another example, in Tamil Nadu, the…

Read more: CEC Release on LPG Cylinder Cap