Female students groped while protesting against Head of Department of Applied Arts in Jamia Millia Islamia

FEBRUARY 8, 2019

The HoD has been sent on leave and a probe has been initiated

Some students of the Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI), New Delhi who were protesting against the Head of Department of Applied Arts were reportedly thrashed by a group of students today. The students were protesting against HoD Hafiz Ahmed for his alleged favouritism, unfair means of assessment, and sexist comments. The protesting students alleged that the group of students that attacked them did so on the instructions of the Ahmed. One female student who got injured during the violence had to be admitted to the nearby Holy Family Hospital.

“We were on a peaceful protest against the unfair means of assessment when a group of students on instructions of the HoD had started beating us up. They pulled the dupattas (scarves) of female students and groped them. We were pulled by our hair. These are favourite students of our HoD who is the only permanent faculty in the department and is re-appointed each time after his tenure,” said a second-year Arts student.

The HoD, on the other hand, accused the protesting students of holding him captive inside his studio for five hours. The Professor added that the students thrashed him when he tried to come out of his studio to take his classes and the university security had to intervene. Three students have been suspended in this regard and Professor Ahmed has been sent on leave.

“Students are permitted to protest near gate 7 but they moved the protest to the department of arts, that is when a group of students thrashed the ones on the protest. The administration has suspended three students in this regard. The charge of HOD, applied arts has been handed over to the dean of arts. She is a woman and will also be heading the inquiry against Professor Ahmed, who has been sent on leave”, said JMI Public Relations Officer Ahmed Azeem, blaming the students for making the environment of the University negative by protesting.

The protest has been going on in the university since January 31. The protesting students have levelled serious charges against the HOD including that of passing lewd comments on female students and labelling Kashmiri students as terrorists.

Source: OpIndia.com

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