New Delhi: Labeed Shafi (President, SIO of India) said, “We condemn the lathi-charge by Delhi police and CRPF on protesting students of JNU. There are reports of many injured students and even journalists who were covering the protest. In a democratic setup, such use of excessive force against the student community is quite deplorable. We feel that the students’ demand for rollback of their hostel fees, which has been hiked 1000%, is genuine and the JNU administration and HRD Ministry must accept it.”

Labeed added, the role of the government in education is to provide world-class education at an affordable cost to all sections of society. The government is trying to escape from its responsibility and passing the burden on students and their families. This will deprive the poor and deserving students of education and the nation will suffer.

On many occasions SIO repeated demanded that the government must increase its minimum allocation for education to be 6% of the GDP, and we remained the same to government and all members of parliament to raise the issue of education in ongoing winter session of parliament.

Labeed further added, appealing police and administration to observe restraint while dealing with students with regard to their demands pertaining to education and as students are protesting using their democratic right given by Constitution of India.