Sunday, October 28, 2012

NLSIU' Student Bar Association Statement on Recent Campus Developments

The National Law School of India University's Student Bar Association has requested us to post this statement on their behalf.  

This is in relation to the incident of gang-rape perpetrated against a student of National Law School of India University in the Bangalore University campus on the night of October 13, 2012. The Student Bar Association seeks to draw attention to two major issues of serious concern.

First, the law and order situation prevailing in the Jnanabharti campus and surrounding areas is deplorable. The inadequacy of the sanctioned strength of the police force, coupled with the crippling insufficiency of civic amenities, compounds this problem. 

Secondly, a large section of the media has covered the incident in a reckless and irresponsible manner. Some sections have carelessly sensationalized and misreported the incident, and also blamed the victim. This is in flagrant violation of not only the Indian Penal Code, but also the norms of ethical journalistic conduct.

We intend to file a petition before the Karnataka Home Secretary, seeking better equipment and increased manpower in the area to improve the law and order situation. We also intend to file a second petition before the Press Council of India expressing our anguish at the irresponsible conduct of the media. Both of these petitions will be submitted on Wednesday, 31st October.

Please do sign the petitions by following the links below and pass it along to your friends and colleagues as well – it only takes a few seconds, costs nothing, and will help us make a positive impact on policing around Nagarabhavi, and remedy the unpleasant status quo of reportage in the case of sexual offences.

Security petition:
Press Petition:

If you have any suggestions that ought to find their way into either of these petitions, please drop in an email at If it appears as though no curative action is undertaken, we plan to initiate social action litigation in the hope that the judiciary would be able to correct the situation.


Susmit Paul Aranya (President) and Badrinarayanan S. (Vice-President),
Student Bar Association,
National Law School of India University,
Bangalore- 560 242
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