They accuse govt and state institutions of ‘deliberately failing’ in tracing Najeeb or taking any actions against the culprits.
New Delhi— Students Islamic Organisation of India (SIO) Friday held an event to mark five years of the enforced disappearance of Najeeb Ahmed, a student at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU).
The event titled ‘Justice for Najeeb Conference’ at SIO headquarters saw the participation of dozens of student activists. Some of them made addresses criticizing the government and institutions of state for “deliberately failing” in tracing Najeeb or taking any actions against the culprits.
Nadeem Khan, Convenor, United Against Hate, gave background details of the disappearance case as he said that despite so many protests across the country, Najeeb hasn’t found justice.
“I don’t think there have been as many protests in anyone else’s case as in Najeeb’s case. It is clear that if you are a Muslim then you cannot get justice. As long as discrimination against Muslims continues in universities, Najeeb’s movement will continue,” he added and lashed out at the judiciary and CBI for closing the case without tracing Najeeb.
Journalist Farhan Yahya explained how Najeeb’s family, especially his mother, had to wage a painful struggle for justice but with no closure even after five years.
Snehashish Das, General Secretary of Birsa Ambedkar Phule Students Association (BAPSA) and a student of JNU, said, “Najeeb was a simple and sincere Muslim student. But being a Muslim is enough to make you disappear in India. The country has always been a Hindu nation and has systematically crushed the Muslims. In this country, pre-planned violence is perpetrated against Muslims and then a narrative is built that these people themselves are responsible for the violence.”
“Many of us are making a systematic effort to teach Muslim students. We have to come forward and support them in every possible way,” said Zeeniya, a research scholar at Jamia Millia Islamia and a former JNU student.
Sadat Hussain, a research scholar at JNU, shared his sympathy with Najeeb’s mother. He added, “Najeeb’s struggle is not a struggle of our victimhood but it is to ensure that such an incident never happens again. While there is a mechanism in every university to prevent ragging, there must also be a mechanism for the safety of Muslim students on campus.”