IIT students raise voice for freedom of expression
The Entrepreneurship Cell (E-Cell) of IIT-B, a non-profit students’ body through its social campaign ‘Raise Your Voice’ has decided to create awareness amongst fellow students and youth about Section 66A of IT Act. Calling the law “irrational and biased”, the students have also decided to protest against the government through country-wide signature campaign.
“In recent times, there have been numerous instances like the arrest of Shaheen Dhada and Rinu Srinivasan over Facebook posts and cartoonist Aseem Trivedi on charges of sedition, that have shaken the foundation of right to freedom of expression and speech,” said Sumeet Wadhwa, student of IIT-B and manager of E-Cell events.
He added, “Through E-Cell, we decided to run a campaign which will have both online and offline components of debate, competitions and signature campaigns spread over a month-and-a-half. This way, we will be able to reach out to a large number of students and youth.”
“Through this initiative, we want to encourage youth to raise their voice against illegal incidents and bring them to the notice of authorities. Freedom of expression is our fundamental right. Why should we feel helpless or be afraid of expressing ourselves,” said Minal Thukral, another student and organiser of ‘Raise your voice’ campaign.
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