Mollywood actors Prithviraj Sukumaran, Nivin Pauly and Rima Kallingal have responded on the violent attack that took place inside the Jawaharlal Nehru University campus on Sunday.
Violence broke out at the JNU on Sunday night as masked men armed with sticks and rods attacked students and teachers and damaged property on the campus, prompting the administration to call in police which conducted a flag march.
At least 28 people, including JNU Students' Union president Aishe Ghosh, were injured as chaos reigned on the campus for nearly two hours.
Prithviraj took to Facebook and said that ‘vandalism is not and never will be the answer to anything’.
“To be entering an institution of knowledge and education, and unleashing violence on students with scant regard for law and order, is an absolute murder of all democratic values,” he further wrote.
Read Prithviraj’s whole post here:
“Regardless of what ideology you stand for, what cause you’re fighting for, what end to this means you might be hoping for, violence and vandalism is not and never will be the answer to anything. For a nation that won its independence from colonialism through a nonviolence, noncooperation movement, it’s truly deplorable that today the word ‘revolution’ is automatically equated to a call for violence and lawlessness. To be entering an institution of knowledge and education, and unleashing violence on students with scant regard for law and order, is an absolute murder of all democratic values. It’s a criminal offence of the highest order that deserves the harshest punishment. But also do remember, any form of protest that endorses violence is an equally condemnable act. Like I said….the end does not always justify the means. Jai Hind.”
Actor Nivin Pauly took to his Facebook page and said “What happened in #JNU last night was horrifying and frightening. This is brutality at its worst! Those attackers behind this violence against students and teachers must be punished. It’s time we stand united against hate and violence,” with the hashtags #StandWithJNU #JNUViolence.
Meanwhile, Rima Kallingal on Facebook shared two posts relating to JNU violence and said “State sponsored terrorism. COWARDS attacking students!!”