Lady Shri Ram College faculty backs Gurmehar Kaur

The faculty said they were proud "that Gurmehar has fulfilled her duty as a young citizen of this country."

February 28, 2017 12:08 pm | Updated 12:26 pm IST

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The English department faculty at Lady Shri Ram College, where student Gurmehar Kaur is pursuring her English Honours, has released a statement backing Ms. Kaur. "We unequivocally and strongly support our student Gurmehar Kaur and her right to express her opinion on issues that embroil our university," the statement read.

The faculty added that they were proud "that Gurmehar has fulfilled her duty as a young citizen of this country."

"It is immensely gratifying to us as her teachers that she has responded sensitively, creatively and bravely to events in her immediate context rather than seek the safe refuge of silence," the statement further said.

Here is the full text of the statement:

We, the faculty members of the English Department, Lady Shri Ram College unequivocally and strongly support our student Gurmehar Kaur and her right to express her opinion on issues that embroil our university. It is immensely gratifying to us as her teachers that she has responded sensitively, creatively and bravely to events in her immediate context rather than seek the safe refuge of silence. We feel that it is the bounden duty of educational institutions to nurture sensitive, responsive and critical thinking students without the fear of violent retaliation. We are proud that Gurmehar has fulfilled her duty as a young citizen of this country. The threats of violence and brutality that she faces are absolutely reprehensible. Responses on social media by public figures such as VirendraSehwag and RandeepHooda are shameful trivialization of the intimidation that Gurmehar faces at the hands of violent mobs whose viciousness the university has recently witnessed.

We fervently appeal to the good sense of the public and to institutions of redressal to help restore our faith in law and justice in our country and let our young citizens think and articulate without fear of intimidation.

Rita Joshi, Madhu Grover, Rukshana Shroff, ArtiMinocha, Maya Joshi, ShernazCama, Mitali Mishra, Arunima Ray, DiptiNath, Maitreyee Mandal, JanetLalawmpuii, Ngangom Maheshkanta Singh, Karuna Rajeev, Wafa Hamid, Jonathan Varghese, TaniyaSachdeva, Rachita Mittal.

 

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