FANS club held a debate on Muslim women empowerment on Jamia Millia Islamia campus on Tuesday. As the event continued there were tensions on the campus with some students not happy with the event being held, said sources, adding that some even protested peacefully against the beginning of the event with dia lighting against years’ long tradition of Jamia of starting event with reciting verses of Quran.
FANS club earlier event on triple talaq on the Engineering Faculty was cancelled due to reasons best known to the administration, said sources.
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It has been reported that some Jamia girl students after the event put up their argument well to turn the tables on organiser of the event and some speakers by pointing out that Islam gives freedom to women.
The audience, including students mostly, applauded the girls for their courage to put their side of the story.
Maryam Hasan, a former Jamia student, wrote this on her social media timeline, even sharing a video (that we were unable to upload it here due to some technical snag), “Attended today’s programme in Jamia organised by FANS club (backed by RSS) on Muslim women empowerment. I spoke few words there at the end…. The video is not clear, it is bleached out, and is very shaky but then too I am sharing it here. Please use earphones to listen.”
The event ended peacefully with some tense moments that were handled well by university staff, according to sources. Security was also beefed up on the campus as the event was being held in the background of rally being held at DU against ABVP violence on the North Campus a few days ago. Some Jamia students participated in the DU rally, claimed sources.
The clash in Ramjas College took place over the invite to two JNU students Umar Khalid and Shehla Rashid to participate in a seminar on the campus. It is alleged after ABVP protested over it, the administration cancelled the event.