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`I was beaten in court, but police did nothing’

28, Feb 2016
#gendered-violence #peacemap

Feb 28 2016 : Mirror (Mumbai)
JNU student Kanhaiya Kumar tells SC-appointed lawyer panel the police let off the attacker even after he identified the man inside courtroom
JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar has told a Supreme Court-appointed lawyers’ probe panel that he was beaten up, pushed to the ground and injured by men in lawyers’ robes before the police, when he was brought to the Patiala House court premises on February 17. Despite pointing the attacker out, the cops let him off, alleged the student leader.
“When the police brought me inside the court’s gate, a mob of men in lawyers’ robes attacked me. It appeared as if they were ready to attack and they were calling others also. I was assaulted. The police escorting me tried to save me but they too were beaten up,“ he said while narrating the sequence of events to the lawyers’ panel in a video shown on television channels on Saturday.

The panel of six advocates ­ Kapil Sibal, Rajeev Dhavan, Dushyant Dave, A D N Rao, Ajit Kumar Sinha and Haren Raval, had visited the Patiala House courts premises on February 17 after the apex court was informed that Kanhaiya was beaten up during his production before the magistrate.


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