The number of students who got victimized in last month’s Chancellor College demonstrations has reached 27 but student leaders say the number will rise by this coming weekend.
This follows a video released soon after the protests in which police officers were captured brutally torturing two innocent girls who were exercising their right of demonstrating against fees hike.
According to the institution’s student union president, Sylvester Ayuba James, it is not only the two girls who got victimized arguing that many met the fate.
James said they are currently on a campaign of establishing the exact number of students who got tortured by the police as they were protesting against fees hike.
“We are registering the names and we would have finished but we met some challenges because every one of us is at one’s home and it was difficult to communicate. “So far 27 students have registered with evidence of how they got tortured but the exact number will be known this coming weekend,” said Ayuba James.
He added that he is hoping that the students will be helped accordingly considering that this is an issue concerning human rights and whenever someone’s rights have been broken, justice need to be seen.
He further said he is sure that all will be good with the coming in of the Malawi Law Society on the development saying MLS knows more what to do under such developments.
Meanwhile, some Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) have backed the students’ call for government to reverse its decision of hiking the fees in the public universities.
The organisations, Human Rights Consultative Committee (HRCC), Civil Society Education Coalition (CSEC), and NGO Coalition Child Rights, say there is no need of hiking the fees considering the hard economic situation in the country.
The CSOs have also demanded that government should first hike the salaries of all civil servants before hiking the fees.
WATCH THE VIDEO OF POLICE OFFICERS ASSAULTING GIRLS HERE