Kashmir University on Tuesday refused to allow students to hold an event titled 'Sexual violence: India's weapon of war in Kashmir' to commemorate the Asiya-Neelofar alleged rape and murder case of 2009.
On 29-30 May, 2009, Asiya Jan and her sister-in-law Neelofar were allegedly raped and murdered in Shopian, leading to protests and shutdowns in the state.
Naseer Iqbal, chief proctor of Kashmir University, said they had disallowed the event as it was the 'peak academic session' and the event might have disturbed the academic atmosphere.
However, students said that policemen and proctorial staff had been deployed to 'thwart' the event even before they had gathered to speak, according to the Hindustan Times.
"But the students, however, managed to speak on the case for 45 minutes irrespective of authorities' presence," said a student. Another student said: "The university is behaving like Orwell's Big B and trying to impose 2+2=5 upon us, which we vehemently refuse to accept. They try to enforce us into an intellectual decadence by halting our thinking."