To keep a watch on section of students ‘who raise anti-national slogans’ and participate in protests, Delhi police are considering a proposal to install CCTV cameras on the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) campus, reported The Telegraph .
According to the senior police officer, the decision to install CCTVs inside the campus is aimed at identifying students who often raise anti-national slogans and stage protests.
Further, it will help them to prevent clashes among students associated with different groups and ideologies.
Last year in October, some officers from Delhi police had a meeting with then Vice-Chancellor of the JNU. The proposal on CCTV surveillance was among the issues discussed, according to a copy of the police report.
The report said, “It was also discussed that some student groups often raise slogans and participate in protests inside the campus. Many such slogans have an anti-national colour.”
A JNU professor, Ayesha Kidwai, expressed shock when told about the police proposal. She said:
“It is draconian, and both teaching and student community of the university will strongly oppose it. The surveillance on teachers and students violated the rights to privacy and is an attack on liberty.”
She explained that CCTV surveillance would make students feel more insecure than safe.
Kidwai added the JNU had an internal security system and a few CCTV cameras had already been installed inside the VC’s office for administrative purposes.
On the other side, the police have asked the JNU vice-chancellor to keep them informed about movements of JNU Students’ Union leader Kanhaiya Kumar, who was arrested on the sedition charges and freed on bail, outside the campus so that it can provide protection.