4 Jamia’s AJK-MCRC students on mission to document lynching incidents beyond news reportage.
In an attempt to document the rising incidents of hate crime against a particular section of society, a group of students pursuing Mass Communication at AJK-MCRC, Jamia Millia Islamia, is executing a documentary project on 16-year-old Junaid, who was lynched a day before Eid 2017 while returning to his Ballabhgarh home with his brothers after shopping in New Delhi on a local train.
The documentary film is titled “Junaid, a story beyond what’s told”.
Sarah Rifai, Mehtab Shah, Raza Ansari and Daud Arif, students of MA Mass Communication 2nd year recently carried out research and have started with the initial shoot in Junaid’s village where the lynching incident is being talked about.
Daud told OT.COM that hate crime has always been existing in the country, however, there is a pattern to these incidents in the recent times. As responsible media students, it is essential to document these incidents beyond news reportage, he said.
“We tend to see such incidents in isolations, but the reality is far more complex. These incidents have larger implications. For instance ever since Junaid was killed by the mob on the train, his villagers are reluctant in sending their children to cities for education,” said Daud.
The team has released the first look of the documentary. With 50 per cent of the shoot done, the film is likely to be complete this month, said Mehtab.