Published: 21st October 2019
After 8 days of protest, Jamia students to march to 'silent' VC's office and force his hand
The students began their protest when five of them were issued a show-cause notice for conducting a previous protest against the visit of Israeli delegates for an event
The Jamia Millia Islamia students protested for the eight continuous day against the show cause notice issued to five students on campus. The students are on their all-day, all-night protest but the administration has still not addressed them or invited them for any sort of discussion.
The protesting students have now decided that if the administration refuses to respond to their demands by tomorrow, they will march to the VC's office. "We've waited for so long for the administration to have some sort of dialogue with us or atleast respond to the letters we've sent them. But since nothing is happening, we have decided to organise a march to the VC's office," one of the protesters said. The students have also been told that a notice front he Disciplinary Committee will be sent to them and they would have to respond to it.
The students began their protest when five of them were issued a show-cause notice for conducting a previous protest against the visit of Israeli delegates for an event. They claim that Israel was initially a country-partner for the event but the administration decided against it after sensing the student protests. However, the students still held a symbolic demonstration to protest against Israel's atrocities in Palestine.
"After the protest was over, two students were taken away and beaten up by the guards and proctorial staff," the students had told Edex. When a bunch of them confronted the staff, they were also allegedly manhandled by the guards. The students then sought an enquiry into the issue and demanded CCTV footage to prove they had not initiated or participated in any physical confrontations. However, five from that group were issued a show-cause notice as part of the enquiry.
The students refused to respond to the notice and instead went on a protest. Eight days on, the administration has not even let out a whisper. Many activists including former JNU leader, Umar Khalid, present JNUSU, including N Sai Balaji have all visited the campus to address the students. Some found it difficult to even get into campus as the security refused to let them pass.