Why do fringe groups and religious fundamentalists get away with assault on freedom of expression?
"They get away because there is a certain kind of fear," said author Pavan Verma. Speaking to Karan Thapar in a late-night discussion on CNN-IBN, he said, "Extremist groups of this kind can effortlessly resort to violence and intimidation. And those who are meant to protect the law do not do that.. because we have a collusive state. Every time the fringe groups get away with it, other groups get encouragement."
According to him, the ordinary citizen can never raise their heads if they are not under protection. "Society will respond if people who are entrusted with it will stand up. How many people, otherwise will take up the cudgels and be a pawn in somebody else' political cog?" he added.
Filmmaker Aparna Sen said that these extremists get away with such violence because people with liberal ideas generally keep quiet while fundamentalists are generally vocal.
"What about the sentiments of agnostics and atheists? Don't they have a right to get offended?" she asked.