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  • Soumya Mani


A minor parking dispute on 28th August 2019 near the Noida campus of Amity University led to a huge brawl which left two students reportedly hospitalized. The incident has now started a widespread movement as thousands of people seek justice for Harsh and Madhav, the students who were allegedly beaten up by more than 25 people.

Public outrage started after a video in which Harsh's friend Divaker is narrating the incidents went viral along with pictures of the injured. The video claims that Harsh and his friend got into an argument with a group of girls near Amity University Noida over a minor parking dispute and one of the girls later called their 20-25 friends leading to the brawl.

Last week, Sector 39 police station in Noida registered a case against several students of the University for allegedly assaulting a group of other students both on and outside. The students who were allegedly beaten up were Harsh Yadav and Madhav Chaudhary, both pursuing their BA Political Science at the university. According to the victims, the issue started over parking a car outside the campus. FIR has already been registered against several persons in the case. Narrating the incident, Harsh has said, "It was around 2.30pm. I was in my I20 car and was looking to park it while a girl in her Ford Endeavour came that way. She parked her SUV in the middle of the road and when I asked her to move, she started arguing with me. I parked my vehicle elsewhere and then when I confronted her again, she started abusing and threatening me after which the argument escalated."

The video that is going viral claims that the girl also tried to play the victim card and has filed an FIR against Harsh and Madhav for molesting her.

According to reports, Madhav and Harsh are still in critical condition in the hospital. Madhav is in the ICU due to internal bleeding. Demanding justice for the boys, netizens have taken to social media seeking the arrest of the lady, because of whom Madhav and Harsh are in hospital.

The whole incident took place only after a trivial issue of car parking after which two college students are so badly beaten up that they are severely injured and hospitalized. And after that the girl has lodged an FIR against them alleging molestation. Is this what we call "Equality" about which we talk always? Is this what is termed as 'Women Empowerment" or maybe "Feminism"? We need to amend our laws that always see women as victims and men as perpetrators. We need to understand that the case is not always the same. Men can also be the victims, and therefore, keeping in mind this laws should be amended and made equal for both.

Hashtags like "Justice for Harsh" and "Justice for Madhav" are now trending on social media. The video is also going viral over other social media platforms like Instagram and Whatsapp. Thousands of people are calling for justice and questioning the "misuse of feminism".