ITDC INDIA EPRESS/ ITDC NEWS The sight of JNU Students Union president Aishe Ghosh bleeding from her head was among the most haunting visuals from the mob attack on JNU on Sunday night. Ghosh was hit on the head with iron rods by the masked attackers and had 16 stitches.
Ghosh, who was discharged from hospital on Monday morning, has not backed down from continuing her protests on the fee hike, which began at JNU two months ago. Ghosh addressed mediapersons on Monday, with her head and arm bandaged.
Ghosh told The Telegraph, "I was continually hit on the head with iron rods... They had hammers. I can’t even explain how frightening it was. They were about to lynch us. They repeatedly abused us saying, ‘We will hit and cut you people up right here today. Let’s see what you do’. Some of them said, ‘Let’s run away, don’t kill them’.”
Ghosh claimed the ambulance that took her to hospital was briefly stopped by ABVP supporters, prompting her to climb out of it to warn them.
Ghosh told The Telegraph she would continue her protest campaign, emphasising, "“Every iron rod with which you have beaten us will be given back through our democratic debate and discussions that we have always put up. JNU’s culture will not be eroded anytime soon.”
Ghosh is a PhD student at the School of International Studies at JNU. A member of the leftist Students Federation of India (SFI), Ghosh was elected JNUSU president in September last year. Ghosh is a native of Durgapur, West Bengal.
Responding to the attack on Ghosh, her parents told The Telegraph they were proud of her. Her father, Debasish Ghosh, described Aishe Ghosh as "fighter", adding, "Her cause is right and her methods are peaceful. My daughter cannot be stopped with physical attacks by goons.”
Incidentally, rallies were held in Durgapur to protest against the attack on Ghosh at JNU.