Published: 24th October 2019
After 10 day protest, Jamia admin withdraws show-cause notices, promise to not invite Israeli delegates to campus events
The administration also assured that they have registered a complaint and will take necessary action against the attackers who unleashed violence on campus two days ago
After ten days of consecutive protests by students, the Jamia Millia Islamia University administration finally gave in to their demands late on Wednesday night. The administration withdrew all the five show-cause notices issued to the students and has also promised not to take any action against the students who have been protesting over the last ten days. They have also stated that Israeli delegates will not be invited as participants for events.
After the violence on campus on Tuesday night, the entire campus shut down on Wednesday. Thousands of students gathered at the VC's office and demanded that the administration address their demands. They refused to vacate the premises without a promise from the administration. Late on Wednesday night, the administration issued a notice to the students that made four promises to the students.
The first is that a complaint against the attackers was registered by the police and that legal action will also be taken against them. The administration also assured that they had registered a complaint as well and will take necessary action against the attackers. After the events on October 22, the students accused the administration of hiring the 'goons' to beat them up, they also told media that they could recognise some of the attackers since they usually hung around outside the campus. They were sure that outsiders had attackers them, the students were particularly enraged because the guards allegedly stood and watched as the students were getting beaten up/
However, so far the administration had claimed that a scuffle had broken out on campus and that it was instigated by the protesting students themselves. The administration had accused the protesters of not allowing delegates of a conference on campus take out their vehicles and leave the campus. This had allegedly led to the scuffle.
The third point that the University made in their notice is that no disciplinary, legal or academic action will be taken against any of the students who had been protesting from October 5 until yesterday. However, the last and final point is what the students might term their biggest victory since they had conducted the initial protest for this very reason — the administration has promised that they will not invite any Israeli delegates for any programme hereafter.
The students finally called off their protests and are back to their classes on Thursday. Other universities like JNU hailed the administration's decision and the students' struggle.