What I understand about this news: people took offence. Because there are always people willing to take offence.
What I do not understand about the news:
* Why the college management "apologised".
* Why the Kerala government saw fit to issue "instruction" that the professor should be suspended.
* Why the college followed the government's instruction and suspended him.
* Why the police lodged a case against the professor.
Clearly "freedom of expression", especially its value in an educational institution, is a foreign phrase to all these people.
What I hope I will read in the news soon: that the sick creeps who cut off the professor's hand (with an axe!) are punished severely.
Because the message has to go out: feel offended if you like, who can stop that? But if your felt offence causes you to attack others, you will be swiftly punished. Regardless of your religion or particular offence.
What I instead worry will happen in this case: Nothing at all, for fear of treading on various toes. That others who feel offended by other things will thus know they can also lash out without fear of punishment.
What encourages me in this news: This line, if it is really true -- "The attack has caused widespread shock and outrage across Kerala."