As a mark of protest against mob lynching and attacks on dalits and to promote peaceful atmosphere and communal bonhomie, all the members of teaching and non-teaching Associations of JMI wore black bands on July 17 on the day of the re-opening of the University after the summer break.
While addressing the media, Jamia Teachers’ Association (JTA) secretary SM Mahmood said with mob lynching happening there are students who come from far places to the campus and they call me to express fear while travelling. Some Jamia students feel unsafe as lynching cases are taking place, he said.
Jamia Teachers’ Association, Jamia School Teachers’ Association, Jamia Administrative Staff Association, Shafiqur Rehman Kidwai Association strongly condemn the increasing incidents of mob lynching and atrocities perpetrated on Dalits and Muslim minorities in different parts of the country in the name of ‘cow vigilantism’.
“Such incidents unleashed by communal and divisive forces have aroused a sense of fear and insecurity amongst the Dalits and Muslim minorities in the country.
“It is a matter of serious concern that despite Prime Minister’s denouncement of such incidents, the concerned State Governments and Central agencies are not taking any concrete actions against the perpetrators, the self-proclaimed ‘gau rakshaks’, to stop such criminal incidents, which are affecting the communal harmony and leading to the disruption of social and cultural fabric that has been the hallmark of our democracy. As the people are being attacked and being mercilessly killed in the name of religion, it is essentially a blot on society and against the rule of law,” said the release.
The Associations firmly believe that in a civilized society, no one should be permitted to take the law into their own hands and the rule of law must prevail at any cost.
“For an overall progress and development of the nation, peaceful atmosphere and communal harmony must be protected and maintained.”
All the Associations of Jamia, therefore, strongly demand that the Central Govt and the State Governments must take the strongest possible measures to put an end to such incidents of criminal assaults and killing of innocent citizens forthwith and fulfil its constitutional obligation to instil a sense of confidence, safety and security in the minds of Dalits and Muslim minorities, said released signed by eight post bearers of different Associations who called the protest with students too joining in.