SRINAGAR Protests rocked University of Kashmir here against the decision of Aligarh Muslim University to suspend two Kashmiri students for offering funeral prayers in absentia for the slain militant commander, Manan Wani.
Over 500 students took out a protest march and they questioned the basis of the suspension and asserted that offering prayers is a basic right of any Muslim and it is not a valid enough reason to charge someone with sedition. The protest began at 11 am when the classes resumed and disrupted the classwork.
Mannan Wani was a Muslim and he deserves a proper funeral. That is the only thing that our brothers in Aligarh Muslim University did. This shouldn’t be a reason to suspend them. The government and the authorities are clearly discriminating against them just because they are Kashmiris,” said Shafaz Mansoor, a second year MSc student.
Mansoor alleged that Kashmiri students are treated differently and are often seen as terrorists in all other parts of India.
By default, we’re tagged as anti-national. This has been going on for years, he said. He also added that Manan, who was a PhD scholar at AMU, was a militant only before his death.
Manan is no longer alive and it is unfair to call him a militant even now. He deserves a proper funeral. We should think about what prompted an intelligent student like Manan who had a humble upbringing to take up arms. As Kashmiri students we want those issues to be solved, he said.
MANUU Students Join Chorous
The students of Maulana Azad National Urdu University (MANUU) Monday denounced the charges against Kashmiri students of AMU who have been suspended for taking part in funeral prayers of HM militant commander, Manan Wani.
A spokesman of the MANUU students said that Kashmiri students who were expressing their concern and peacefully discussing the issue were assaulted near Kennedy Hall by some non-Kashmiri people. He added that students exercised restraint and dispersed immediately but to their shock sedition charges were filed against 2 students and show-cause notices were issued to 7 other Kashmiri students which is an outcome of bogus media trial run by TRP hungry jingoistic national media channels.
There is a continuous vilification campaign against Kashmiris by political parties vying for the consolidation of their power at the expense of innocent Kashmiri students. The charges against Kashmiri students were even refuted by PRO of AMU still the Kashmiri students are being targeted for no fault of their own, he added.
Kashmiri students have always been at the receiving end of the hyper-nationalistic narrative of the state agencies that continuously demonize and vitiate atmosphere against Kashmiris in the mainland India. Such campaigns by the national media along with insensitivity of University authorities chokes the voices of Kashmiri students wishing to express their political aspirations which comes well under the ambit of freedom of expression and speech enshrined in the Indian constitution.
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