Jadavpur University denounces moral policing in campus
"All stakeholders unanimously denounced the issue of moral policing inside the campus and decided to maintain the atmosphere of free thinking for which Jadavpur University is known for," University Registrar Pradip Ghosh told reporters.
"The meeting condemned moral policing and observed that no one has the right to take law in their hands," University Vice-Chancellor Prof Suranjan Das said. Members of Arts Faculty Students' Union were alleging for the past two weeks that some people were spotting students seated in different parts of the campus during afternoon hours and asking them not to sit together.
AFSU general secretary Debraj Debnath and executive committee member Somasree Choudhury alleged the trend of moral policing had started after the results of Assembly elections in some states, including UP, were out.
Asked who they suspected were involved in moral policing, outsiders or students, Registrar Ghosh said "They have not yet been identified." He said the meeting also decided to ensure that the framed rules of the campus were followed by everyone and the student representatives responded positively to the suggestion of preventing any unlawful activities in the campus by conducting workshops in coordination with the teachers.
"There will be a sensitisation campaign with help from students to stop any illegal activity from this month. It was the idea of students and we will back their initiative," the VC said. The AFSU leaders said "The meeting condemned moral policing, which we think is another form of anti-romeo squad we see in UP and everybody decided to stop this trend."
"And so far sensitisation is concerned on stopping any illegal activities in the campus (including allegations of consumption of banned substances), this might be the handiwork of some outsiders. We will discuss the issue with all students and decide what can be done," AFSU representatives present at the meeting, said.