For any outsiders or those unaware of university life, it was a normal day in Jamia Millia Islamia.
If some students, opposed to the FANS debate on women equality to be held on university’s Engineer Faculty on Monday, had thronged DU to protest against ABVP violence in Ramjas College, some of their friends appeared allegedly agitated outside the auditorium at how the event was going smoothly.
At this tense moment on the campus, it was the hijab-wearing girl students of Jamia who lead from the front, according to sources.
Keeping their nerves, the girls gave patient hearing to the speakers, who were talking about Muslim women empowerment, said sources, and if the speakers and organisers had plans that Muslim women would talk against Islamic values then some hijab-wearing girl students poured cold water on their plans.
In a democratic society there is always place for debate and girls showed it how to silence dissent voices, said the source on the condition of anonymity.
And during the session, a girl got up and told the panelists that she is a student of second year and her parents married her when she was in first year and she wears hijab by her choice not by force, said the eyewitness.
Besides, she also pointed out that Islam gives great freedom to girls, said the source, adding that the speakers were left speechless.
Another source said during the seminar, a bearded man, who had come on the campus to participate in another event, had sneaked into the auditorium and started creating ruckus to which the alert university staff stopped him.
It was actually the hijab-wearing girls who won the day for Jamia and other students, who after peacefully protesting over the inauguration of the event by dia lighting and not Quran recitation were force out of the auditorium, said sources requesting anonymity.
The FANS seminar was planned earlier but was postponed at the last moment for reasons best known to the administration.