Madhesi students up against ‘bias’, threaten to shut Terai colleges

Kathmandu, May 21:

Various Madhesi students’ organisations today threatened to close all colleges in the Terai region to protest against the misbehaviour against their colleagues of the TU central campus.

“We have decided to close all colleges of the Terai region to protest against the discrimination and misbehaviour against the Madhesi students of the Valley,” Saroj Yadav, president of Terai Students’ Council, said while addressing a press meet here today.

Yadav, who is also the joint secretary of the Free Students’ Union at the TU central campus, accused FSU president Bhim Shris and vice-president Prakash Neupane of directing their henchmen to throw out the belongings of nine Madhesi students from the Women’s hostel and also misbehaving with them.

The Madhesi students today padlocked the offices of the principal and the hostel warden Kusmila Bhattarai.

One of those forcefully evacuated from the hostel, Manju Yadav, said a large group of people entered the women’s hostel on May 11 and started throwing out the belongings of the Madhesi students. “They even threatened to strip us down in front of all the people,” she said, adding, the Madhesi students are discriminated against even while trying to secure their place in the hostels.

Ram Babu Yadav, Nepal Students’ Forum president, said such actions were insulting to Madhesi communities and the student body was hence raising the issue accross the country.

According to Pramod Thakur, he was beaten up along with Saroj Yadav, as the duo were protesting against the highhandedness of FSU students on May 14.

They said the campus hostels accomodated a number of illegal students. This prevents the Madhesi students from getting into the hostels, the students complained. They also demanded a change in the discriminatory criteria that make it difficult for the Madhesi students to get proper placements.