Published: 02nd September 2019
Jamia Millia students threatened with rustication for anti-mob lynching protest
Since the students were being continuously refused permission to conduct any sort of protest against social issues in the campus, the students decided to go ahead with the protest
Several students from Jamia Millia Islamia University were given 'threatening' calls from the administration telling them they had been rusticated from the University. The students believe it is because they conducted a protest against mob lynching on Friday, they claim they have been continuously denied democratic rights on campus.
The students had sought permission from the administration to hold a protest on Thursday to condemn mob lynching but they were denied. Since the students were being continuously refused permission to conduct any sort of protest against social issues in the campus, they decided to go ahead with the protest. "We decided to do it without permission because we are a democratic campus and we should be allowed to hold a protest if we want to," an Aisa student leader said. The students claim that about 20-30 people turned up for the protest on Friday and there was no instance of violence or any other other sort of trouble.
"The guards were there but we conducted a peaceful protest," he added. On Saturday though, the students received phone calls from the administration informing them that they had been rusticated. The parents of the students were also called and informed of the same, the student now have to attend at enquiry on Monday afternoon along with their parents or local guardians. One of the students who received the call said that the administration gave nothing in writing neither on email about their rustication, "They did not give me any reason, they just straight away said that I had been rusticated. they did not have my father's number so they asked me for it but I refused to give it to them, so they haven't called my parents yet. But the other students' parents know," he explained.
"I'm an adult and can handle the enquiry on my own. I don't understand why parents are being involved, also they have given us nothing is writing, at least then maybe I would inform my parents," he added. Even though no reason is being given for the decision, the students assume that this is a result of the protest on Friday because all those who received the calls were present on Friday. About ten students have so far have been summoned by the proctor's office. "The threat was only verbal, so we'll see how things go at the enquiry today but we as students should be allowed to raise our voices," he said.
"As students of JMI we believe being concerned about sufferings of people of our country and raising voice against every injustice is our duty as students. Our academics is incomplete if we stop thinking and forego our critical mind. We categorically reject such attempts to instill fear among Student community. We won't bow down to these threats," the AISA said in a statement.