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Minorities Commission asks JNU to investigate professor who called JNUSU general secretary ‘terrorist’

The Delhi Minorities Commission (DMC) has sent a notice to the Jawaharlal Nehru University administration, asking it to set up an enquiry against JNU Professor Amita Singh for making Islamophobic comments against the JNU Students’ Union general secretary.

Last month, JNUSU general secretary Aejaz Ahmad complained to the Delhi Minority Commission, alleging that JNU Professor Amita Singh called him a “convict of 10 bomb blasts”.

Aejaz, who is from Kashmir, claimed that Amita Singh tried to personally target him and allegedly even when to the extent of saying — “from your appearance it looks like you are a convict in ten bomb blast cases and that is why you are not telling your name”.

“Shri Aejaz Ahmad Rather has complained to this Commission that a certain teacher, Prof Amita Singh of the Centre for the Study of Law & Governance, subjected him and other students to abuses and Islamophobic comments. You are directed to hold an enquiry about this allegation, take appropriate action if the allegations are true and file a report with this Commission by January 28.” The DMC’s January 18 letter, addressed to the JNU Registrar, stated.

Earlier in 2017, Professor Amita Singh had allegedly courted controversy when she made damaging remarks about Dalits and Muslims

“This was the objective… this is not externally driven, but from my centre itself where a strong group of separatist Kashmiri Muslims… roam around with a clear purpose, which gets defeated due to my presence. Administration is too weak and naive to take a focused shot at these in-built armies,” Prof Amita Singh told Indian Express.

The JNU Teachers Association had issued a statement condemning the statement of the professor to which Singh had responded by asking for President Atul Sood’s resignation. She has also filed a police complaint against JNU Teachers’ Association president Atul Sood and the JNUSU secretary for allegedly circulating fake news and trying to disturb peace, communal harmony and inciting violence and divisiveness on the campus.

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