Published: 14th December 2017
JNU Muslim student says ABVP member threatened to make him 'disappear' like Najeeb
The student has submitted a complaint to the administration asking for strict action to be taken, claims these incidents are on an increase
On December 8, JNU student Amir Malik was standing outside his hostel and talking over the phone. He suddenly noticed an auto take a U-turn and pull up near him, the person inside said, "Tumko bhi utalenge (We will kidnap you too)" and went away. Malik recognized the person as Saurabh Sharma, a prominent ABVP member.
Prior to that, Malik was on his way to fuel his bike, when he saw another biker follow him, it was Sharma again. That time he allegedly said, "Khayab kar deye jaoge, pata bhi nahi chalega (we will make you also disappear, no one will have a clue)".
Initially, the first thing that occurred to Malik was that the ABVP member was referring to Najeeb who mysteriously went missing more than a year ago. But now he's sure he's right. Malik has written to the Proctor seeking immediate action. In his letter, Malik has said that making such comments while Najeeb continues to be missing is a direct threat to his safety and demanded that action be taken against Sharma.
A Real Threat: Amir Malik said the ABVP member was referring to Najeeb when he issued threats to him
He has also stated in his letter that if anything were to happen to him, Sharma would be the one to blame.This is quite a strong statement to make but Malik says he means it completely. After what happened to Najeeb, he is sure that other students from minority communities are forced to take such threats easily.
But this isn't the first time that Muslim students have been threatened or called names, "We are called Mullahs or Pakistanis. We're referred to as terrorists sometimes. The ABVP members are always ridiculing or threatening us. Communal intimidation is almost an everyday affair," Malik said.
So why did he decide to take it up with the administration this time, "I actually don't expect the administration to do anything about it. In fact, when I went to submit the complaint they asked me for a xerox copy of the complaint. This is something that they usually have to give to the student. They also tried to make me come the next day and postpone because later on they would be asked why they had accepted the complaint. So I don't expect much but I felt the need to let them know this was happening. So I submitted it," he said.
Especially the fact that Najeeb's assaulters have gone scot free has made Malik lose all faith in the justice system, "There is proof that he was beaten up by ABVP members the day before he disappeared but no one has cared to look into it. He was specifically targeted by the group and then he mysteriously disappeared but not one of those students was interrogated properly."
Despite agreeing that such threats were a daily occurrence, Malik does say that these sort of comments have increased manifold in the last few years, "There is definitely an increase of such incidents even though students just choose to ignore it. But now there is a certain pattern, it reflects whatever is happening in the country, with all the lynching and attacks on Muslims and other minorities. Even taking a walk on campus will yield at least one nasty look from a student on campus. The minority groups definitely feel vulnerable. But we need to acknowledge that this is happening because the threats have begun to become serious. "
Only a few weeks ago Malik was one of the students to be fined 6000 rupees for cooking biryani on campus. Even then there were false rumours that it had been beef biryani allegedly because there were Muslim students involved.