Peace March in Homage to Student Rohith Vemula; India, Feb 2016

  • Peace March in Homage to Student Rohith Vemula; India, Feb 2016
  • Peace March in Homage to Student Rohith Vemula; India, Feb 2016
  • Peace March in Homage to Student Rohith Vemula; India, Feb 2016
  • Peace March in Homage to Student Rohith Vemula; India, Feb 2016

Translated from french: "Peaceful march of JNU students in homage to Rohith Vemula, PhD student at the University of Hyderabad. He committed suicide on 17 January after suffering from discrimination due to his low caste and after being expelled from his university for carrying out political activities in favour of untouchables.
Hundreds of policemen turned up to handle the sixty-or-so students.
The police chased the students and 'captured' them, often violently, with a ratio of 3 to 5 policemen for a single person, sometimes dragging them to the ground... I do not have photos of this stage because I, too, was busy running away.
All the people were then put in buses which had already been summoned for this action and then taken to the police station for a day of detention. Long live the liberty of expression! (Vive la liberté d'expression!)"
-Anouch Carracilly (photographer)

The central government of India, which is led by the BJP, has led a massive crackdown on students at Delhi's prestigious Jawarhal Nehru University (JNU) over the last few days. Policemen and even politicians have beaten up students and arrested them at random and with no legal justification for the same. The BJP was enraged at the criticism levelled against its policies by the students of the university during a peaceful discussion on their campus.

Taken on 2016-02-17
Source Anouch Carracilly
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Created by supriyaa on 2016-02-18
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Anouch Carracilly, a student at Sciences Po Paris, is studying abroad at Jawarahlal Nehru University, Delhi. She took these photos of a peaceful march by students against the suicide of a lower-caste student whose death was attributed to discrimination in the country and the extremism of the current government. The police attacked the students for marching peacefully. Anouch managed to escape with a few photos.

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