Ramjas clash: Display photos of 'students against abvp' go viral as freedom of speech debate marches on

Students across the country have been showing their support for Delhi University student Gurmehar Kaur by posting pictures with a placard using the hashtag StudentsagainstABVP

FP Staff February 27, 2017 20:57:00 IST
Ramjas clash: Display photos of 'students against abvp' go viral as freedom of speech debate marches on

Students across the country have been showing their support for Delhi University (DU) student Gurmehar Kaur by posting pictures with a placard using the hashtag #StudentsAgainstABVP. The online campaign started when Kaur, a 20-year-old student of DU, posted a picture on Facebook with the message: “I am a student from Delhi University, I am not afraid of ABVP, I am not alone, every student in India is with me" in reaction to the Akhil Bhartiya Vidhyarthi Parishad (ABVP) workers' clash with students of Ramjas College.

According to Voice of Ram, for which Gurmehar was a volunteer, more girls have shared such images in support of Kaur and the DU students. Many students have spoken out against the "goondaism" of ABVP.  Students from Patna, Mumbai, Punjab and Delhi universities have supported the campaign. Over time, Gurmehar has made the importance of the freedom of speech clear through this campaign.

An article by The Indian Express says, two online petitions — one addressed to the President, demanding freedom of expression in academic institutions and the other addressed to the Delhi University proctor demanding action against ABVP and Delhi University Students Union (DUSU) — have been gaining momentum. A student union leader Kanwalpreet Kaur said that she sees this photo-change campaign as a tool to end political hooliganism, by all parties, in colleges across India.

However, ABVP workers from different universities have also uploaded photos supporting the "protest against anti-nationals" and the online campaign in a similar tune.

While the battle goes on, Twitterattis are finding their own campaigns for support.

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