Justice for Najeeb and Safety for Muslim Students in educational institutions

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Justice for Najeeb Ahmad

Najeeb Ahmad, a Muslim Research student of School of Biotechnology, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi, hailing from Badaun, Uttar Pradesh. He was assaulted by a gang of Akhil Bharatiya Vidhyarthi Parishad(ABVP), the student wing of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), at his room No.106, Mahi-Mandavi Hostel, Jawaharlal Nehru University and later kidnapped on 15th October 2016. Even after three months Najeeb Ahmad went missing from campus, the Jawaharlal Nehru University administration and the Delhi Police have been inactive and biased on finding and ensuring justice to Najeeb and punishing ABVP culprits. Najeeb’s mother as well as the student community have been protesting to bring him back and to seek justice for him. We demand justice for Najeeb Ahmad through immediate and effective investigation.

Safety for Muslim Students in educational institutions

Muslim students feel intimidated and threatened in universities even by their mere presence. Meanwhile they are traumatized and in a state of fear in the context of rising Anti-Muslim atrocities across the country and even universities are not much safe and secure for them to ensure their right to life and right to education. The attack on Najeeb Ahmad is clearly a hate crime and assault motivated by hostility towards minorities, especially Muslim students pursuing their studies in higher educational institutions.The atmosphere created by leaders of the ruling party at the Centre at different levels is the context in which such crimes are occurring. We demand appropriate action to ensure safe and secure atmosphere for minority students in educational institutions.

SIO of India is organizing an all-India Campaign in the month of February demanding justice for Najeeb and safety for Muslim students in educational institutions. We are conducting a mass signature campaign for submission of a Memorandum to National Commission for Minorities with 2.5 Million signatures. We will convene a press conference with Najeeb’s family at New Delhi and a massive protest march to Ministry of Human Resource Development on 24th February 2017. Our Enquiry Cell will conduct a survey to every higher educational institutions to collect information about various levels of discrimination towards Muslim students.

We request you to be a part of this campaign by signing this memorandum to National Commission for Minorities.

We hope your kind participation and cooperation to ensure Social Justice in our country.

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