According to a decision taken by Association members in a meeting held a few days ago, it has been decided that members of all the associations of Jamia Millia Islamia are planning to wear black bands when the university reopens on July 17 after the summer break.
“Members of all associations were present in the meeting and they have decided to wear black bands to protest against the ‘atrocities perpetrated against Muslims and Dalits’. Members of associations will stand at gates and distribute black bands to all employees of the university,” Haris Ul-Haque, secretary Jamia School Teachers’ Association, told OT.COM.
He said the meeting was attended by members of Jamia Teachers’ Association, Jamia School Teachers’ Association, Jamia Administrative Staff Association and Shafiqur Kidwai Association and the issue of “increasing incidents of atrocities against Dalits and Muslims in the country” was discussed.
“Incidents of mob lynching of innocent citizens are very common nowadays in different parts of the country. There is an atmosphere of anxiety and insecurity; the minorities and Dalits are not feeling safe…These untoward incidents are affecting communal harmony,” a member said, quoted TOI.
The meeting was called by the JTA after some expressed their dismay over JTA’s deafening silence over the burning issues in a closed Yahoo Group soliciting several comments.
Earlier, in Okhla and other parts of the country a call was given by some groups to Muslims to wear black bands during offering of Eid namaz.