Hindu extremists forced a University professor in Karnataka to kneel down and apologise for praising Prime Minister Imran Khan.
Sandeep Wathar had praised the Pakistani premier for releasing Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman in a Facebook post. Wathar had also criticised Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and called Pakistan an intelligent nation.
Following his post, students and activists of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) staged a protest against Wathar and he was made to kneel down and apologise.
In a video which has gone viral on social media, the professor can be seen on his knees and apologising with his hands folded in the presence of Indian police.
The BJP party, however, defended the students’ and defended the rights of the students to assert their nationalism. “The professor has to take note of the deep sentiments of our army and the people of India in times of crises. You cannot make any statement praising Pakistan or something that negatively portrays India,” said party leader Vivek Reddy.
The administration of the college said they will meet on March 5 to discuss the issue and take ‘appropriate’ action against the professor.
Members of a Hindu right-wing students’ forced the professor, who feared for his life, to apologise on his knees for a Facebook post critical of the BJP
Emotions and tensions were high amid recent India-Pakistan hostilities and now the Professor has filed a police complaint into the incident.
India has seen a rise in right-wing fanatical Hindu groups who are taking a prejudicial stance in India against the Indian Muslim population and the Sikh Punjabi community.