Jamia Millia Students Suspend Anti-CAA-NRC Protest Due to Coronavirus Endemic
NEW DELHI, MARCH 21— The Jamia Coordination Committee (JCC) and Alumni Association of Jamia Millia Islamia Saturday evening jointly announced to “temporarily suspend” the ongoing round-the-clock sit-in protest against CAA-NRC-NPR in view of the unprecedented Coronavirus endemic hitting the world, including India.
“With a heavy heart but great hope in our hearts, we temporarily suspend the ongoing 24hrs sit-in protest at Gate no. 7, JMI and appeal to all protestors to kindly take the situation with utmost seriousness and save themselves and others from this fatal illness,” said the students group in a joint statement.
They have, however, appealed to the government “to repeal the discriminatory anti-constitutional CAA, NRC and the NPR”.
The Jamia students have also appealed to all anti-CAA-NRC protesters to suspend their agitations in view of the humanitarian crisis.
“The world is facing the gravest threat of our times. A pandemic that has taken thousands of lives the world over- covid 19- is still uncontrollable. Many call it the world war of our times i.e the world war III, which is true in many respects. While India braces up to fight Covid 19, we would like to remind fellow Indians that the virus attacks irrespective of religion, race, caste, color, class and gender and the fight thus has to be unanimous. It has to be together, as one. In times like these, we must introspect our actions and remind ourselves that in the face of death we are all equal; so why exclude, why discriminate, why repress, why exploit, why kill, why violate? This global epidemic must serve as a reminder of global injustice, global inequality and global violence.”
“Our fight against the CAA, NRC and the NPR remains uncompromising. It is the history of our institution, that whenever the needs arises, Jamia Millia Islamia has stood up for the nation even if it entails sacrifices that have no going back. In 1947, when our campus was burnt during riots, it did not stop the students and teachers of our university from working relentlessly in refugee camps all over India. The university could be fixed later, but humanity must be fixed first. These are the ideals which lie at the foundation of our university and our movement against CAA, NRC and NPR,” they said.
The Jamia students and local residents had been continuously protesting against CAA-NRC-NPR since December 13 – two days after the controversial citizenship law CAA was passed by the Parliament. During the protests, they had to face the excessive police action at least three times, leading to injuries to dozens of students.