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Triple talaq verdict: “Jamia not allowing media to interact with its students”

After the much-awaited verdict on triple talaq was pronounced on Tuesday by the Supreme Court, TV reporters and other journalists rushed to Muslim-dominated locality looking for feedback. Several journalists arrived in Jamia Millia Islamia to take students’ feedback.

Sharing her experience, an India Today group journalist Roshani tweeted: “It’s unfortunate that #JamiaUniversity is not allowing media to interact with their students while reporters are interacting on street.”

University version could not be ascertained as several attempts to contact the newly-appointed university Proctor Professor Haroon failed as he didn’t pick up the phone nor return the call.

Once a man picked up his phone claiming himself to be a security guard and he said the Proctor is busy. An SMS sent to his number didn’t get any response till the filing of the report. As we get university response OT.COM will update its version.

During several FB live and videos that surfaced on the social media it could be easily made out: TV reporters were interacting with some students outside the campus. A TV channel that most probably arrived late had to call a coaching institute director with some of its girl students gathering outside the campus.

A Jamia girl student, who interacted with several TV reporters, told OT.COM on the condition of anonymity that Jamia didn’t stop any children from speaking with the reporters as students were free to give interviews. So the allegation that media was not allowed to interact with Jamia students doesn’t stand water, she said.

A source, who is not authorised to speak with the media, said permission was not given keeping in mind the sensitivity of the issue and as students are young anything could have happened.

Of late the Jamia administration appears to have been gagging its faculty members from interacting with the media.

Only a few weeks ago, the administration issued a circular, urging its employees to follow the instruction and ordering that “any violation of the above instructions will be views adversely.”

The circular in possession of OT.COM, reads: “It has been observed that faculty members of Jamia Millia Islamia are inviting media people on their own in the university campus without any intimation to the Media Coordinator and Administrative Authority.

“Such visits of the media persons are inappropriate. In order to streamline the interaction with the media, it has been decided that in future the visits of the media persons in the campus of JMI has to take place in consultation with Media Coordinator who will ensure that all necessary clearance from Administration has been obtained in advance.”

Besides, the issue of Aaj Tak and India Today journalists being heckled at Aligarh Muslim University after they tried to carry reporting without permission as claimed by some was also discussed on the social media.

Omar Saleem Peerza, Public Relation Officer of Aligarh Muslim University, told “We had not provided any permission to the reporter regarding the shoot within the campus and the TV channel was shooting outside the campus”.

A senior journalist, who shared the video on his timeline of the AMU incident, said it is undemocratic and university should not be heckled.

Such things are not only restricted to one place but to other universities too which is not good for democracy, said the journalist, adding that how despite doing a sting operation on students’ union election in DU years ago the students never got angry with him and rather befriended him to put their perspective something he said is unthinkable in Jamia and AMU.

Another senior journalist Rifat Javed wrote this on his timeline: “I’ve seen Aligarh Muslim University video. Can anyone explain the editorial rationale behind seeking comments from AMU students on #TripleTalaq? Will India Today send reporter and crew to BHU if there’s a judgement on women’s rights to enter temples on certain days of the month? This business of creating cheap thrills to please the paymasters is destroying the careers of today’s journalists! Utterly shameful!

“#TripleTalaq may never affect the students of AMU. A tiny proportion of Muslim women, who get affected by #TripleTalaq will never be able to study at AMU. They essentially live in villages or certain poverty-stricken pockets of cities. Why not send cameras there?”

His post solicited several comments.

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