She has been called ‘Desh Drohi’, member of the ‘Tukde Tukde gang’ and ‘Anti National’ by her opponents.

‘JNU asks questions and this is what some people just can’t digest,’ she says.

जवाहर लाल नेहरु विश्वविद्यालय की शोध छात्रा चिंटू कुमारी ‘देश द्रोही’ ‘राष्ट्र विरोधी’ और ‘टुकड़े टुकड़े गैंग’ का सदस्य होने के संगीन आरोप हैं। क्या है इन आरोपों की असलियत? देखिए चिंटू कुमारी के साथ परवेज़ आलम की एक भेंट वार्ता।

She’s among the 36 students who have been named in a 12,000-page charge sheet, prepared by the Delhi Police in January 2019. Student leaders Kanhaiya Kumar, Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya, top the list in a sedition case for allegedly raising “anti-national slogans” during an event on Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) campus in February 2016.

Chintu Kumari, daughter of Dalit labourers, Sarojini Devi and Ramlakhan, comes from a backward village of Kaulodihri in the district of Bhojpur, Bihar.

Talking to Pervaiz Alam of the Cine Ink, Chintu Kumari, PhD student and former General Secretary of the JNU Students Union, denies all allegations as she explains why JNU is being targeted by the ruling Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) and its supporters. Chintu Kumari has been a part of the students movement in India, demanding gender equality, affordable education and jobs for youngsters.

After completing her PhD, she would like to work for the development of her village in Bhojpur.

Chintu Kumari was recorded on 30 January in New Delhi.

Camera: Sajid Raza Khan

Editing & Online Production: Dhyan Akshat


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