Chennai: In a shocking turn of events following the controversial ban on a student organization in Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, the police personnel detained a little girl for protesting against Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The incident has sparked outcry on social media wherein the shocking photos of the detained child is being circulated.
The girl was detained when she was raising pro-democracy and anti-Modi slogans along with the members of Students’ Youth Front and Thanthai Periyar group in Chennai.
The protests erupted after IIT-Madras derecognized an independent student body, Ambedkar Periyar Study Circle last week for creating awareness about the anti-people policies of Modi-led NDA government.
The protests were initiated by members of the Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI), and gradually other student organizations too joined them, condemning the alleged undemocratic action of Human Resource and Development Ministry of India.
The agitating members of the group shouted slogans against the Modi government and HRD minister Smriti Irani, while they were whisked away by the police personnel.
Meanwhile, IIT-Madras justified the ban and said that the student body was temporarily derecognized for “violating the guidelines of the institute”. While the agitating members claim that the move was based on a letter from the HRD Ministry, interfering in the matters of student groups within an educational institute.
The questions here are: Can a child be arrested in such a manner? Is Mr Modi seeing all this? Is staging protest a crime in India? Is India really a democratic country?