‘Free speech in Indian universities under threat’

New Delhi, Feb 22: Clashes at Ramjas College here illustrate the growing threat to freedom of expression on Indian university campuses, Amnesty Intertiol India said on Wednesday. Several people were injured in clashes between student groups at the college. Three jourlists told Amnesty they were assaulted by members of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the RSS student wing.

On Tuesday, a semir on ‘Cultures of Protest’ organised at the college was cancelled after members of the ABVP obstructed the event.

“Universities are supposed to be safe spaces for debate and discussion. But the events at Ramjas College are a shameful reminder of how intimidation and threats continue to restrict free speech on university campuses,” said Aakar Patel, Executive Director at Amnesty Intertiol India.

“Authorities need to protect academic freedom, which is crucial to the right to education. Delhi Police must ensure that students at universities can express their opinions without fear of repression by anyone.”  (IANS)