New Delhi: Jamia Millia Islamia held a virtual event called ‘Anti-Terrorism Pledge’ on the occasion of Anti-Terrorism Day on 21 May. According to sources, class representatives from various departments, including the Department of English and the Faculty of Law, were required to join the event and take pledge against terrorism.
Students of varsity have expressed their anger over the event and criticised Jamia administration for the same.
All India Students Association (AISA), Jamia unit, said that the event was a manifestation of Islamophobia from the ministry of home affairs and the Jamia administration. ”Singling out a minority institution for a anti-terrorism pledge is highly questionable and incredibly problematic,” the association said in a press release.
”Is there any reason apart from islamophobia due to which students as young as 17 are expected to come to an online meeting in order to establish that they are not terrorists?” the association asked?
AISA condemned the event saying that it is Jamia students who were subjected to police brutality on 15 December 2019 and on several other occasions as well but today, they are being expected to clarify that they are not terrorists.
It also talked about the incarceration of Jamia students and alumni in UAPA cases.
Such an event is equivalent to spitting in the face of thousands of students who have already been traumatised by the events that have transpired in the university in last two years, AISA said.