A controversial video of Jamia Millia Islamia girls’ hostel has surfaced on the social media with a girl giving commentary about the Aruna Asaf Ali Girls Hostel. More than one minute video is headlined: “The inside story..Jamia girls’ hostel….”
“The main gate has been closed by Provost Dr Arza Khursheed.” Then the camera is taken towards another spot. “I will show you the gate that is being used by girl students….”
The video was posted on October 14 at 7: 46 pm on one Firdaus Jahan’s timeline carrying no picture. Interestingly no information is provided in her timeline.
Jahan wrote: “Plz share it and make this video viral so that our voice reaches out to everyone.”
OKHLATIMES.COM could not authenticate the veracity of the video, which got more views after it was shared on an old group being run by a Jamia alumnus.
However, the portal reached Dr Azra Khursheed for her point of view.
While talking over phone, she rubbished the allegations. On the allegation of the lobby area of the hostel being turned into her personal room, she said: “Earlier, the lobby area was useless and was used as a thoroughfare by hostellers. So we decided to use it for purpose. Expensive items were brought and the area was turned into a committee room so that girl students could hold meeting. Very recently, we organised Shachch Bharat poster competition here. There are four hostels and five committees and girl students earlier used to hold meetings in cramped areas. The committee room is opened for all. The only thing one has to do is take permission. And I think there is nothing wrong in it.”
On the main gate being closed and girl students made to use back gate, she said that is not the case. “There are two entrances to the hostel. We are refurbishing the back gate area so that girls could feel more comfortable. Let me tell you that it was well pave earlier too. But the administration thought to make it more comfortable,” she said.
Dr Azra said she is pained at the wild allegation being thrown at her by a girl student.