Students of Jamia Millia Islamia University clash with the police during a protest against the Citizenship Amendment Bill on 13 December
Students of Jamia Millia Islamia University clash with the police during a protest against the Citizenship Amendment Bill on 13 December | PTI File Photo
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New Delhi: Nearly 10,000 students and academics from 1,100 universities around the world have filed a petition condemning the “police brutality” on Jamia Millia Islamia University students who were protesting against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act in Delhi Sunday.

In a joint statement, they also condemned “in the strongest possible terms” the “illegal” siege and curfew imposed on Aligarh Muslim University campus in Aligarh.

The petition has been signed by academics from renowned universities such as The London School of Economics, UC Berkeley, Heidelberg University, the Australian National University, the Max Planck Institute, Science Po, and University of Tokyo, to name a few. Among the Indian institutions represented in the petition are Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi University, IIT-Delhi, Ashoka University, Jadavpur University and TISS.

Prominent signatories include Romila Thapar of JNU, Noam Chomsky (University of Arizona), and Rajmohan Gandhi (University of Illinois).

“We affirm the right of citizens to peaceful protest and the autonomy of the university as a non-militarized space for freedom of thought and expression. The brutalization of students and the attack on universities is against the fundamental norms of a democratic society,” said the statement.

It expressed “fear” that a situation of violence is unfolding in AMU because of curfews and internet blockages.

“We stand in unconditional solidarity with the students, faculty and staff of Jamia Millia Islamia and Aligarh Muslim University, and express our horror at this violent police and state action,” reads the statement.

It added, “We are watching with extreme concern the situation unfolding at Jamia Millia Islamia and Aligarh Muslim University. We refuse to remain silent at the violence unleashed on our colleagues (students, staff, and faculty) peacefully protesting the imposition of a discriminatory and unjust law.”


Also read: ‘Shocking violence’ — Harvard, Yale students & academics condemn police action in Jamia, AMU


Violence over CAA

On 15 December, police were seen firing tear gas shells in the Jamia campus and breaking into the library to quell the protest against the new law that seeks to grant citizenship to six persecuted minority communities, barring Muslims, from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.

While the students said they were peacefully protesting, the police claimed they entered the campus while chasing some miscreants from outside.

A similar crackdown was reported in Aligarh Muslim University the same night, where students’ protest against the CAA and in solidarity with Jamia were met with severe action from the police.


Also read: Citizenship, Article 370, SC-ST Act: Muslims, Kashmiris, Dalits protest in silos in India


 

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  1. THE DELHI AND ALIGARH POLICR ARE COMMUNAL, THEY SHOUTED KUTTI AS THEY BROKE OUR BONES
    THEY DID NOT DO IT WITH THIS VICIOUSNESS AT JNU OR ANY OTHER UNIVERSITY NOR AT THE LAWERS AGITATION .
    SUCH VIOLENCE BY THE POLICE WHERE PEOPLE HAVE BEEN BLINDED AND HEADS SMASHED , IS ONLY RESERVED FOR MUSLIMS
    —————————————-
    THE POLICE ENTERED THE UNIVERSITY LIBARARY, MOSQUE AND GIRLS HOSTEL SHOUTING ABUSE, THEY FIRED TEAR GAS SHELLS INDOORS., VANDALISED A MOSQUE ANF MOLESTED MUSLIM WOMEN. 70 STUDENTS NEEDED HOSPITAL TREATMENT MANY WITH BROKEN BONES.
    Do not think Jamia and AMU UniversityS are slums in Ahmedabad city, where the RSS can get away with atrocities.
    Do this too often here and the patience of Muslims will snap.
    We have the right to resist the breaking of our bones, the beatings and terrorising of our community.
    Muslims are seething with anger and it will only grow – do not think we are a timid community. We wish to live peacefully.
    RSS do not push us too far, because there will be a reckoning.
    Our religion teaches us to stand up to injustice. You will then see a Jihad, a country like India which cannot even organise toilets for Its people will lose this kind of insurgency, it will throw both Hindu and Muslim back into the dark ages.
    MUSLIMS IN INDIA WILL DEFEND THEMSELVES
    EVENTUALLY WE WILL TEACH YOU A LESSON, And YOU WILL NEVER DARE TO BEAT US AGAIN

    • The Jihadist’s can also start collecting the Jizya Tax from the Secular Liberals that are supporting them. Go on tell us about the infallibility of the religion of Peace. Remind us about the Battle of Badr. We are really scared now.
      Why where the peaceful students from the Jamia University throwing stones and Tube lights at the Police when Delhi Police joint commissioner (southern range) Devesh Srivastava repeatedly appealed to protesting Jamia Millia Islamia students to desist from throwing stones at the police. For attacking the peace keeping officers of the Country, you’ll get what you deserve. Next time we need to run the Para military in this campus so that “Students” don’t dare to attack and intimidate the Police force.
      When all the fighting and ranting is done do tell us what is so bad in the CAA law that give refuge to the Persecuted religious minority in the Muslim Majority countries that has the Jamia University students so much agitated.

      • Rufus Gonsalves or should I call you the little coward Savakar.
        It is your ilk that perpetuate riots and the occasional pogrom
        The history of communal killings in India is the history of the RSS
        Yours is an evil facist organisation that has no place in the modern India of the future.

    • “Nobody will dare beat you.”
      Slobodan Milosevic
      When he uttered these words Slavs described that day as “the end of Yugoslavia”.

  2. It is fitting that academics around the world voice concern over police brutality inside an university library. Thank you for being the conscience of the world.

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