Free speech in universities under threat – Amnesty

Raising concern over the violence on North Campus of the University of Delhi over the participation of two students from Jawaharlal Nehru University at a two-day seminar on "Cultures of Protest" at Ramjas College, Amnesty International India last week stated that "free speech in Indian universities is under threat", writes Manash Pratim Gohain for TNN.

In a press statement, the human rights watchdog said: "Academic freedom in universities must be protected. Recent events at Ramjas College in Delhi illustrate the growing threat to freedom of expression on Indian university campuses."

Around 20 people were injured during clashes between student groups in Ramjas College and North Campus, including a teacher who had to be hospitalised. Amnesty International India said that three journalists told them that they had been assaulted by members of the right-wing Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad.
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