New Delhi: A disabled Muslim PhD student was assaulted by members of the Hindutva student group of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) in Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi.
The victim, identified as Farooque Alam, is not only a dedicated scholar but also a senior activist associated with the National Students’ Union of India (NSUI).
The NSUI’s in a post on X, formerly twitter, said, “In a horrific incident in Kaveri hostel today, a senior warden of Kaveri hostel and their domesticated ABVP goons attacked NSUI activists and our senior activist Farooque Alam, who is a physically handicapped research scholar in JNU.”
The NSUI students said that the ABVP members assaulted Farooque to such an extent that he had to be rushed to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Delhi in a critical condition. The incident has ignited outrage among the student community, with many lamenting that the prestigious institution is increasingly becoming associated with violence rather than its academic prowess.
The victim, Farooque Alam, is currently pursuing his PhD at JNU and was only two months away from completing his doctoral program.
The Students’ Federation of India (SFI), a prominent Left Student Union on the JNU campus, while expressing its strong condemnation to the incident has called upon all students to unite and protest against the Hindutva group ABVP, demanding justice for Farooque Alam and highlighting the need for a safe and inclusive campus environment.