The students of Jamia and AMU were brutally attacked by police couples of weeks ago, and Today, JNU is attacked, the difference between Jamia, AMU and JNU’s violence is that in Jamia and AMU police has attacked the innocent students reading in Library, but in JNU un-identified masked people have attacked the Campus and police was on the gate, totally failed to maintain law and order in the campus.
From past three years JNU is in constant news for 9th February incident, issue of attendance, now fee hike. JNU is always known for its debate, dissent culture, violence was never part of JNU’s culture. Today JNUSU President Aishe Ghosh, JNU professor Sucharita Sen along with other students were attacked. The ABVP (Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad) is claiming that the members of ABVP were attacked by left groups but in hospitals there was hardly any member of ABVP admitted. It has been also informed that ABVP people were forced students to chant ‘Bharat Mata ki Jay’, is this their ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jay? Where girls of campus were attacked by their goons. Is this respect they pay for their mata and behan?
The violence in the educational institutional is totally unacceptable, it is creating fear among students, parents. JNU represents students from marginallised sections and many of them are first graduates, post-graduates and Doctorate of their family, if violence like this will take place in the campus it is difficult for the parents to send their children to study in Delhi, it will become more difficult for female students to persuade their parents to send them to University.
The work of the police is to maintain law and order but in case of students, police has become brutal. There were various protest march called by JNU against fee hike and in all those marches the students of JNU were brutally lathicharged by police the police has not spared even visually impaired students. In case of Jamia and AMU the police went inside the hostel and beaten up students, the protector of law has become the destructor of law.
The students across all the Universities should unite and condemn the brutal attack on students, The opposition of the country should also state strong voices against brutal attack on students. Becoming a student of JNU is not crime, people have cracked toughest entrance to study there, the lathicharge by police, attack by goons, character judgement by any person, this is not a student of JNU deserves. Being a student she/he deserves a respect, right to study, right to protest, right to freedom of speech and expression.
It is definitely horrifying that students are not safe in their university campuses and a wrong message given to society. The police and Government should held accountable for the brutal attacks on campuses, they need to ensure all the parents that their children are safe in the campuses. A University should be known for study, debate and dissent not for shameful violence.
A lesson should be learnt by the police and government that JNU will not digest and keep quiet for any shameful violence, JNU is known for its fighting spirit and it will fight back against violence culture, it will stay united and give message to the country that the cultural ethos of JNU will not be destroyed by outside elements. It believes in ‘Pablo Unido Jama Sera Vencidos’ (People United shall always be victorious). Recently Jamia and AMU students especially girls have showed how to protest and express their opinions and they are not afraid of fear created by police in the campus. Be brave! Stay United!
The author is alumnus of JNU.