A first-year student of M.Sc. Biotechnology, JNU, Najeeb Ahmed has been missing from JNU campus since 15th of October, 2016. He had been subjected to brutal attack and threats by ABVP members prior to his disappearance. However, even as the despair of Najeeb’s family, friends and the campus community increases with every passing day, the JNU administration has still NOT deemed it important to issue a single direct appeal to Najeeb assuring him of safety and justice.
On the contrary, the very ‘first’ Press Release issued by administration on 17 Oct, far from assuring Najeeb safety, found it more important to refer to Najeeb as an ‘accused’ and thus, add to his fears of being persecuted. The Warden’s meeting of 16 Oct had already took cognisance of group violence on Najeeb and decided for enquiry into it. Yet the 17 Oct press release by JNU administration had NO MENTION whatsoever of the attacks on Najeeb himself. This shows the partisan approach of JNU VC in the whole matter.
AS THE WAIT FOR NAJEEB CONTINUES, THE ASSAULTERS & THEIR PROTECTORS PLAY THE ‘VICTIM’
In the days following Najeeb’s disappearance, the ABVP members who attacked and threatened him and the JNU administration which continues to provide them impunity have lost no opportunity to claim victimhood.
ABVP’s has gone ahead to make further ridiculous claims of being ‘defamed’. We should remind ABVP that ABVP’s only claim to fame is of being a known force of lumpen fanatics in campuses who stop screenings, attack public talks, get books banned, and assault students and teachers alike. We have seen how their vicious hate machinery led to the institutional murder of Rohith Vemula and more recently, how they attacked a procession of Pinjra Tod in DU- where girls were simply asserting their right to free, unhindered movement.
Another person trying to play victim in all of this is the JNU Vice-Chancellor, Jagadeesh Kumar, who has the nerve to say to the media that he is being held “hostage” in his palace, and that the Registrar’s wife could not see him on Karva Chauth. Before claiming victimhood JNU VC &Co. must remember that their family at least knew where they were to be found. The students sent them food and even asked the Registrar, who claims to have a diabetes problem, to leave the building. It is Najeeb’s family who does not know where to find Najeeb and whether or not he has eaten in 10 days.
VC MUST ANSWER
Today, the JNU Vice Chancellor, who is continuously talking to the press, issuing ‘releases’ and posting various notices on website, MUST be asked:
- WHY did the JNU VC, who is otherwise quick to take to twitter against JNU students, FAIL to issue even a single sensitive appeal to Najeeb in public domain till date, guaranteeing him full security and an opportunity to lodge complaint against his assaulters?
- If the JNU administration can use JNU website to issue appeals to students protesting outside the Admin block and post IHA notices on the “Mahi-Mandavi incident”, why could it NOT share on the same website the DECISION TAKEN BY WARDENS ON 16 OCTOBER to DEFER Najeeb’s punishment in order to inspire some confidence in Najeeb, assuring him that the JNU administration will uphold the principle of ‘no punishment’ before fair enquiry and no intimidation during the enquiry?
It is shocking that the JNU VC has the nerve to make the students’ protest an opportunity to hog limelight for himself, rather than focusing on Najeeb’s return. Let it be made clear in no uncertain terms that in this entire process, there is ONLY ONE VICTIM and he is- NAJEEB AHMED. We cannot let the perpetrators of violence against Najeeb and their protectors to play the victim card.
STRUGGLE FOR JUSTICE FOR NAJEEB CONTINUES
It has been 10 DAYS since Najeeb is missing. Despite the setting up of SIT, as conveyed to the JNUSU by the director of the Ministry of Home Affairs and the efforts of the JNU student community to build continuous pressure on the Delhi Police, there has been NO breakthrough in the search Najeeb.
AN INCIDENT LIKE THIS CANNOT BE ALLOWED TO GET ‘NORMALISED’
A student is subjected to violence and threats in a university space and is found missing. The institutional authorities respond by doing NOTHING to bring the perpetrators of violence against him to book and feel NO need whatsoever to reach out to the missing student with sensitivity and assurance.
Such shocking abdication of institutional responsibilities and partisan indulgence to the perpetrators of violence and intimidation against Najeeb cannot be allowed to become a norm. Today, as a society, we must come together to demand institutional accountability.
We must come together and say it loud and clear that- persecution, disappearance, humiliation or any kind of discrimination against any student in any campus will not be tolerated.
JNUSU urges you to extend support and suggestions for intensifying and strengthening the struggle for finding Najeeb.
We appeal to teachers, students, and citizen’s of Delhi to participate in the #JusticeForNajeeb March today (24 Oct) @ 2.30pm from Mandi House to Jantar Mantar and delegations to Delhi LG, National Human Rights Commission, National Minority Commission.
Mohit, President, JNUSU Amal, VP, JNUSU Satarupa, Gen. Secy, JNUSU Tabrez, Jt.Secy, JNUSU