Association for Protection of Civil Rights strongly condemns Jamia Millia Islamia for sending a legal notice of defamation worth Rs. 50 Lakh and terms it an harassment attempt to a noted RTI activist and its own student.
As Afroz Alam Sahil is constantly questioning Jamia’s administration through RTI so this is an open attempt to suppress the voice of dissent as well as freedom of speech.
Everybody knows that since last six months, he had started a campaign to ensure democratic rights for students of Jamia Millia Islamia where election of Students Union is not allowed since 2006. There are many issues which include corruption, fellowships, hostel allotment, health services and security for women students which he raised by his RTI applications, campaigning letters, handbills and letters to professors and faculty members.
Sahil has contributed a lot through his RTI activism to expose irregularities and corruption in public institutions. Infamous Batla House “Encounter” Postmortem report was out by his RTI, is a glaring example of his activism.
Indian Constitution provides freedom of speech to each and every citizen of the country and there should not be any attempt to suppress those who favours these rights.
The APCR demands that Jamia Administration should withdraw its legal notice with immediate effect to ensure freedom of speech and to encourage its own outstanding student. Instead of sending legal notice, Jamia should clarify the issues raised by Sahil.