"Neither Angry, Nor Afraid": Karnataka Prof Harassed Over Facebook Post Files Complaint
Sandeep Wathar, the professor of an engineering college in Karnataka who was forced to kneel down and apologize for posting a Facebook post criticising the government, has now filed a police complaint.
“I have filed a complaint”
As reported by NDTV, soon after the incident, the said professor met Home Minister MB Patil, who also runs college where the professor is employed. “I have filed a complaint”, he said, further adding that he stayed at home over the weekend where he felt “quite safe”. He also said that he was neither afraid nor angry. He had to apologize that time as there was no way around. He also said that students who harassed him must be diploma students who might have just passed class 10.
While admitting that the particular post of his could be considered to be “derogatory”, it was the only one post of such nature. “People can go through my entire Facebook history to see if I am really anti-national.”
Home Minister Patil condemned the whole incident saying that this kind of moral policing should not be done. “ The police are there. The law is there. If anybody has posted anything, even if it is against Bharat or our army, we can ask the Superintendent of Police to inquire and make a case,” he added.
On February 2, an engineering college professor was made to kneel down and apologize for criticising the BJP led central government on his Facebook posts. In the now deleted posts, the professor had criticized the government for creating hysteria following the Indian Air Strikes. He had also allegedly praised Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan. “Who sounds more intelligent in all this? You…bhakts. You will [be] the reason for the destruction of millions of lives if this tension escalates. BJP…absolutely zero shame,” he said in one of the posts.
Notably, the ABVP and BJP activists involved have not lodged any complaint with the police. The Superintendent of Police Prakash Nikam told The New Indian Express that he has directed the Deputy Superintendent of police to investigate the matter and submit a report.