Not Just Jamia, Here Are Students From 10 Other Cities Standing Up To The CAA

Over the past weekend, one of India’s top central universities, Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI), turned into a war zone. What was initially a peaceful protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act, turned into a horrid nightmare as the Delhi Police carried out brutal acts of violence by barging inside the campus and lathi charging, using tear gas and opening fire.

There are also multiple allegations of physical abuse, both sexual and otherwise, incidents of which have been caught on camera.

While the police brutality is alarming and the bill has been termed unconstitutional, the important observation here might just lie in the fact that one central university was carefully chosen, despite the fact that students across the country are protesting the CAA.

I’m sure you’ve heard and seen versions of what transpired on the JMI campus in the past two days. To help you make an informed choice about which version to believe, here are more students, from more top notch universities, saying exactly what JMI students are.

1. IIT Bombay, Mumbai

Photos: APPSC IIT Bombay/Facebook.

2. TISS, Guwahati

Photos: Northeast Students’ Forum – TISS/Facebook.

3. Benaras Hindu University, Varanasi

Photos: Ashfaque Ahmed; BHU Buzz/Facebook.

4. Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh

Photos: Sharjeel Usmani; Imtiaj Afridi/Facebook.

5. Delhi University, New Delhi

Photos: AISA Delhi University/Facebook.

6. Maulana Azad National Urdu University, Hyderabad

Photos: Zunaid Khan; Campus Front of India/Facebook.

7. Loyola College, Chennai

Photos: Smitha TK/Twitter; நீலம் பண்பாட்டு மையம்/Facebook.

8. Jadavpur University, Kolkata

Photos: Avi Jit; Smi Ta/Facebook.

9. Patna University, Patna

Photos: Shamsad Alam; Manik Raj Yadav/Facebook.

10. IISC Bangalore, Bengaluru

Photos: Alakta Das/Facebook; Nayantara Narayanan/Twitter.

Featured image source: The Alig’s Portal; Bicky Saikia; Small Wish International/Facebook.

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A former Assistant Secretary with the Ministry of Women and Child Development in West Bengal for three months, Lakshmi Bhavya has been championing the cause of menstrual hygiene in her district. By associating herself with the Lalana Campaign, a holistic menstrual hygiene awareness campaign which is conducted by the Anahat NGO, Lakshmi has been slowly breaking taboos when it comes to periods and menstrual hygiene.

A Gender Rights Activist working with the tribal and marginalized communities in india, Srilekha is a PhD scholar working on understanding body and sexuality among tribal girls, to fill the gaps in research around indigenous women and their stories. Srilekha has worked extensively at the grassroots level with community based organisations, through several advocacy initiatives around Gender, Mental Health, Menstrual Hygiene and Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) for the indigenous in Jharkhand, over the last 6 years.

Srilekha has also contributed to sustainable livelihood projects and legal aid programs for survivors of sex trafficking. She has been conducting research based programs on maternal health, mental health, gender based violence, sex and sexuality. Her interest lies in conducting workshops for young people on life skills, feminism, gender and sexuality, trauma, resilience and interpersonal relationships.

A Guwahati-based college student pursuing her Masters in Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Bidisha started the #BleedwithDignity campaign on the technology platform, demanding that the Government of Assam install
biodegradable sanitary pad vending machines in all government schools across the state. Her petition on has already gathered support from over 90000 people and continues to grow.

Bidisha was selected in’s flagship program ‘She Creates Change’ having run successful online advocacy
campaigns, which were widely recognised. Through the #BleedwithDignity campaign; she organised and celebrated World Menstrual Hygiene Day, 2019 in Guwahati, Assam by hosting a wall mural by collaborating with local organisations. The initiative was widely covered by national and local media, and the mural was later inaugurated by the event’s chief guest Commissioner of Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) Debeswar Malakar, IAS.

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