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Social activists protest against the attack on IUST student
“demands immediate arrests of culprits”

Srinagar, July 10, (Scoop News)- Social activists protested against the attack on IUST student near her home in Tral while she was waiting for her University bus.

Social activists including Shehla Rashid Shora, student leader and activist,Mantasha Binti Rashid, Administrator and Gender Specialist, Narjees Nawaab, Public Law Officer, Monika Jamwal, Web Editor, Punjab Kesari, Raja Muzaffar Bhat, RTI Activist and Columnist, Malik Moin, Student, Amar Singh College, Saman Lateef, The Tribune, Ishfaq Ahmed, Student, Amar Singh College, Ejaz Ayoub, Investment Professional, Pirzada Shakir, Journalist, Aashir Lone, Businessman, Abrar Hamid, Student, Pardeep Singh, Student, Faiz Dijoo, Social Activist and Columnist, Dr. Suneem Khan, a concerned citizen, Tofail Khan, a concerned citizen,Hashim, a concerned citizen ,Qurat Masoodi, Chairperson, Aash in a joint statement said that “we register our protest against the attack on an IUST student near her home in Tral while she was waiting for her University bus. The survivor has pointed to prior attacks on her that were communally motivated. She had been threatened in very serious terms by one of her classmates, Yawar, who, she claims, had even allegedly tried to strangle her once in the class.”

They said that on speaking to the family, "we learnt that the survivor had stopped going to college because of all these incidents. Even though the family had complained to the Vice-Chancellor, the University failed to take any actions against the students who were routinely harassing her on a communal basis".

According to statement the activists shocked by the lax statement issued by the University authorities; they dismiss the incidents of communal targeting as a “joke” played on her by her classmates.

"We, as concerned citizens, would like to state that incidents of such serious nature cannot be brushed aside as a “joke,they said”. Bullying a girl from a minority community and asking her to offer namaz, cover her head, etc. is not a joke; it is a blot on our society.

They condemn the role of the Vice-Chancellor who, despite having known about this incident, and despite having been repeatedly apprised of the harassment meted out to the girl, failed to act against the culprits.

Activists said that the responsibility of ensuring communal harmony is on the members of the majority community.


Statement condemned the victim-blaming attitude that has been on display ever since the incident has come to light. It is of utmost importance that we stand by the survivor and give weightage to her testimony. The girl was stabbed and has suffered an injury in her hand. Had her hand not come in the way, the attack could have proved fatal. This is an objective fact. Whether the attackers are the same as the people who had threatened her earlier is the subject matter of police investigation. However, it appears that the police is acting under pressure and that they are not enthusiastic about carrying on the investigation.


They demanded immediate arrests of the culprits who were involved in carrying out and planning the incident. The role of a girl named “Sheemu” who had been putting pressure on the survivor to change her religion must be investigated as well. Any laxity in the matter will serve only to terrorise minorities in the state. The socio-cultural and religious rights of minorities in the state are non-negotiable and we stand strongly by the survivor in her fight for justice.







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