Democratic organizations should unite to demand protection for Puniyani: AIFRTE
Condemning threats to the life and liberty of noted academic and former Professor of IIT Mumbai, Dr Ram Puniyani, the All India Forum for Right to Education (AIFRTE) has said, his articles, lectures and books are an “important resource for all civil society groups and activists in the struggle for promoting rationalism and scientific temper and opposing the Hindutva forces and ideology that are communalizing India’s polity and social life, in blatant violation of the Constitution.”
“The cowards, who failed to identify themselves, telephoned his home on the night of June 6, 2019. They used highly abusive language and accused him of being ‘anti-Hindu’,” the statement said, adding, “Dr Puniyani was threatened with dire consequences if he did not stop his activities and leave the city within 15 days.”
A member of the Advisory Board of the AIFRTE, Dr Puniyani has filed an FIR with the Powai police station in Mumbai and also written to the Police Commissioner. The National Human Rights Commission has also been approached.
However, AIFRTE says, it is essential that all democratic organizations and civil society groups unite to demand protection for Dr Puniyani and his family; that the Government of Maharashtra take immediate action to identify and proceed against those persons who have threatened him and reveal the organizations which are behind their actions, and that the National Human Rights Commission respond and act urgently on this case.