The historic legacy of University College, Thiruvananthapuram, in the heart of the capital, has been stained by bloody violence. The attackers belonging to the Students Federation of India (SFI), the students’ wing of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), had no qualms about driving a knife into the chest of a fellow student, even when they knew he was one of their own members.
It was only a couple of months ago that a female student had attempted suicide leaving a note detailing the torture she had to undergo at the hands of the Union leaders. The note had listed the names of those leaders but the police took no action against the accused. Even the FIR was doctored so as to save the perpetrators. Though the case was investigated by the Director of College Education, the report was recommendatory in nature and no stringent punishments were meted out.
As a result, human rights violations continued unabated in University College. The campus has been a haven for criminals for years—Incidents involving alcohol and drug abuse are all too common. Using the label of the SFI, they lock up students and attack them physically and mentally. The political leadership has no moral strength to terminate the activities of this group of criminals who contribute to the political and the organizational strength of the SFI and the CPI (M).