On Friday, December 15, at Jamia Millia Islamia in New Delhi, hundreds of students assembled to commemorate the police violence against students protesting the Citizenship Amendment Act and other discriminatory citizenship policies on the same day in 2019.
The date, December 15, 2019, holds historical significance for Jamia Millia Islamia and Aligarh Muslim University—central universities with a majority of minority enrollees.
Four years prior, both campuses witnessed unprecedented state-sponsored violence, with students enduring brutal attacks by the police machinery, resulting in severe injuries.
During the peaceful gathering at Jamia Millia Islamia’s Gate number 7, students recounted the ordeal of police action and the state’s crackdown on Muslim students.
Posters carried by the students conveyed a powerful message: “You can bring tears to our eyes, not fear to our hearts.”
Student groups, including Fraternity Movement, AISA, AIRSO, MSF, DISSC, SFI, SFD, NSU(I), AISF, CRJD, MSU, GIO and SIO, organized the protest, with student leaders from these groups addressing the gathering.
Amid the protest, students also vocalized support for Palestine through slogans.
Following the rally’s conclusion at Gate number 7, where students displayed placards against CAA NRC and the university attack, the participants peacefully dispersed.
Additional reporting by Fahas Abdulla