National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM) extends full solidarity with the students, mostly women, of the Jamia Millia Islamia University, in their struggle against the HoD of Applied Arts Department, who they allege is responsible for multiple reprehensible acts including sexual harassment of students.
The students have been on a peaceful protest for about 10 days now, on account of the reported sexual harassment, threats and intimidation they face at the hands of current HoD, and also on account of favouritism, backdoor entries and administrative irregularities allowed for and by this particular Professor.
What has complicated matters is that instead of standing by the aggrieved students and immediately addressing these grave complaints, the Jamia administration has largely ignored the severity of the incidents and the legitimate demands of the students. That the said Professor has been ‘sent on leave’ is not at all a justifiable response in the circumstances of the case.
Shockingly, NAPM deplored that it has also come to our notice that the protesting women students were physically and sexually assaulted few days back, on the orders of the same HoD! One of the students has also been hospitalized. Unfazed by this, the women students continue their protest, even as students from different universities of the capital have joined the protest in rage and solidarity.
NAPM said that it is the civic and constitutional duty of the faculty and administration to both acknowledge these efforts of students as well as take immediate notice and appropriate time-bound action whenever cases of violence or harassment come to their knowledge. Insensitivity and laxity on the part of the administration will only intensify the protests and affect the credibility of the institution.