Re: Re Re: Jamia University to defend students held on terror charges
I do not want to exonerate anyone or pass a judgement in advance. All that I am saying is that people should not be condemned in advance. They are to be presumed guilty till proved innocent. So I consider unethical for lawyers not to defend them or for medical doctors not to treat them.
Again, I do not want to enter into a controversy on who shot Mr Sharma. The inquiry will find out whether he was shot from the back. As for whether all the terrorists are Muslims, please read the August issue of Communalism Combat. I am only speaking of the right of people to defend themselves. That is why I congratulate Jamia Millia on their courage to go against the pressure to declare them guilty in advance.
Dr Walter Fernandes Director, North Eastern Social Research Centre 110 Kharghuli Road (1st floor) Guwahati 781004 Assam, India
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