Hunger strike by DU students continues

November 7, 2014

The hunger strike by Delhi University students to demand the ‘Right to Accommodation’ entered its seventh day on Thursday. A number of students from north campus have come out in support for the campaign that demands controlled rents in the area for students. The protesters demanded that landlords should provide each tenant with valid rent receipts. On Thursday, students took out a candle march in various areas of North Campus, including Mukherji Nagar and Vijay Nagar. The campaign has garnered support from various parties, including Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarathi Parishad, National Students Union of India as well as the Delhi University Teachers’ Association. The tenants of Christian Colony, who formed a sizeable number of the protestors, declared that the rent of single rooms in the area should be between ` 1,000 and ` 1500, at the most. “This should be the interim measure before an Act to control and cap the rents is passed,” said Praveen Kumar, who has been on hunger strike for the past seven days. Kumar said the protesters will end their hunger strike after a tenants’ welfare association is formed and the first rent is accepted by the land lord with a receipt. In North Campus, paying guest accommodations charge anywhere between ` 5000 and ` 15,000 per month as rent. In south Delhi, the rents are higher.

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