Anti-Romeo squad at JU?

VC calls meeting after complaints of moral policing by members of ABVP lodged with him. RSS rebuts charge, saying they are against all moral policing. ``It's the family that should control students,'' says Sangh
Report by: 
Sabyasachi Bandopadhyay
9 Apr 2017

While the BJP-led Uttar Pradesh Government after its record win in the recently-held Assembly elections in the state formed anti-Romeo Squads to rein in unruly young people on streets and public places,  a section of the students of Jadavpur University lodged a complaint with the Vice-chancellor of the university against alleged moral policing by students having allegiance to Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the students organisation affiliated to RSS.
Vice chanceller , Suranjan Das, called a meeting on this issue on April 12 at his office.
The students' delegation that met the VC two days back and  lodged a complaint with him was led by Somashree Choudhury, president of the Arts Faculty Students' Union of the University. ``For the last one month we have been observing that  some students coming to couples sitting somewhere and chatting and warning them not to sit too closely or wear `skimpy dresses'. They told us that they would not tolerate boys and girls sitting in close proximity, smoking  or wearing dresses which they thought were obscene. For us it's nothing but Talibanisation of the campus and we said we too would not brook such blatant encroachment on our freedom. Jadavpur never saw such moral policing earlier so we met the VC and apprised him of the situation. He expressed his concern and later he said he would call a meeting on April 12 and invite all stake-holders to participate in that meeting,'' Choudhury told  Echo of India.
The VC also confirmed about the meeting. ``Yes, the meeting is going to be held,'' Das told The Echo of India.
However the RSS smelt a rat in this issue and said they were against all moral policing.  ``We are against all moral policing. If it has to be done by anybody it is the family only and nobody else. It's your parents who will teach you to differentiate between what is good and what is bad. So far as Jadavpur is concerned what was more alarming there were agitations demanding `azaadi' for Kashmir and the North-east. These things should be suppressed with an iron hand.  I suspect there is a conspiracy going on there. This has to be unearthed,'' Jishnu Bose, RSS general secretary in charge of West Bengal, told Echo of India.