A violent attack on academic freedom | Letter

A group of academics and campaigners strongly condemn the brutal assaults on students and staff at Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi

We strongly condemn the violence against students and faculty staff of Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi, on 5 January by a gang of armed and masked rightwing thugs including many belonging to the ABVP, an outfit affiliated to India’s ruling BJP (Report, 7 January).

Shamefully, the Delhi police allowed the attackers into the campus unhindered, blocked the roads, facilitating the continuation of the attacks, and later allowed the armed thugs to leave under their protection. The JNU administration have, shockingly, remained silent. The attackers brutally assaulted students and academic staff and vandalised university property. There are multiple reports of hospitalisation and extremely serious injuries, including to student union president, Aishe Ghosh, and chair of the Centre for the Study of Regional Development, Prof Sucharita Sen. Doctors and medical volunteers attempting to aid the victims were also attacked and their ambulance was smashed.

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