Published: 10th September 2019
DUTA condemns police raid on Professor Hany Babu, vows to fight for academic freedom
DUTA said that the arbitrary use of instruments of the state to harass and intimidate dissent is inexcusable
The Delhi University Teachers' Association released a statement condemning the raid of Professor Hany Babu's house. The association said that the search warrants were against the "very essence of democracy, individual freedom and that it opens the door to planting evidence" and that the association would fight this attack on academic freedom.
Babu's house in Noida was raided by Pune Police for six hours without a search warrant. Babu has been an Associate Professor at the English Department of the University of Delhi for more than a decade. His wife is also a professor at the English Department in Miranda House. "Not only has he been an outstanding teacher, but has been an active participant in struggles for academic freedom, democratic right, lawful and democratic functioning of the university, equal access to university education and social justice," the association said.
DUTA said that the arbitrary use of instruments of the state to harass and intimidate dissent is inexcusable. "Such intolerance towards criticism and dissent was the basis for the insidious attempt that was made last year to amend the Delhi University Act and apply ESMA. We demand an immediate end to such blatantly threatening postures towards voices of dissent and democracy," DUTA President Rajib Ray said.
"This attack on academic freedom and freedom of expression will be opposed tooth and nail by the teachers of Delhi University and other academic institutions in the country," DUTA promised.