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‘What is wrong with burning Manusmriti?’

: Responding to show-cause notices served to them by JNU to “explain their position” on why they burnt the copies of ancient legal text Manusmriti, at least three students of the university have said that there was nothing wrong in their action.

Almost a month after a controversial event against Afzal Guru’s hanging was reported from the university, five ABVP rebels joined by Left-backed All India Students’ Association and Congress-affiliated National Students’ Union of India burnt sections of the text at Sabarmati Dhaba on March 8, which was also the venue of the earlier event.

“What is wrong in burning copies of Manusmriti? Protesting against anything that we find derogatory is our right. Also, this is not the first time that copies of that book have been burnt by us,” said one of the students.

The students have also pointed out that the notices issued to them do not mention the “offence” for which they have been asked to give an explanation.

The JNU administration had reportedly denied them permission for holding the event. Former ABVP office-bearer Pradeep Narwal, who had resigned from the party citing differences over the current row, was one of the main organisers of the event.

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