The protests in JNU over the hike in the hostel fee escalated on Tuesday as the JNUSU took the intolerant step of blocking the Republic Media Network reporters from asking questions at their press briefing. Republic's team of reporters was subjected to heckling by some of the protesting students who attempted to forcibly remove Republic's mics. However, the reporters continued discharging their duties and questioning the JNUSU over the protests that had brought parts of Delhi to a halt on Monday, and even before that. Amid the attempt to block reportage, and the manner entailed, Republic Media Network asks, "Do the following Articles of the Indian Constitution and Sections of IPC not exist in JNU?"
Criminal intimidation— Whoever threatens another with any injury to his person, reputation or property, or to the person or reputation of anyone in whom that person is interested, with intent to cause alarm to that person, or to cause that person to do any act which he is not legally bound to do, or to omit to do any act which that person is legally entitled to do, as the means of avoiding the execution of such threat, commits criminal intimidation.
Section 350 - Criminal Force - Whoever intentionally uses force to any person, without that person’s consent, in order to the committing of any offence, or intending by the use of such force to cause, or knowing it to be likely that by the use of such force he will cause injury, fear or annoyance to the person to whom the force is used, is said to use criminal force to that other.
Section 351 - Assault - Mere words do not amount to an assault. But the words which a person uses may give to his gestures or preparation such a meaning as may make those gestures or preparations amount to an assault
Article 19 (1) (a) of the Indian Constitution states that all citizens have the right to freedom of speech and expression. The framers of the Indian constitution considered freedom of the press as an essential part of the freedom of speech and expression as guaranteed in Article 19 (1) (a) of the Constitution.
Article 14 of the Constitution of India provides for equality before the law or equal protection within the territory of India. The State shall not deny to any person equality before the law or equal protection of law within the territory of India Rule of law.