JIH Vice President, Prof Salim Engineer condemns the attack on foreign students during namaz in Gujarat University Hostel

Attak on Foreign Students in Gujarat University

New Delhi: The Vice President of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, Prof Salim Engineer has condemned the attack on foreign students in a hostel in the Gujarat University. In a statement to the media, the JIH Vice President said, “Jamaat-e-Islami Hind condemns in the strongest terms the shocking incident that occurred in the campus of Gujarat University on Saturday night, where a group of foreign students, were brutally assaulted for offering prayers during Ramadan. According to reports, five students were injured and two had to be hospitalized. These foreign students were offering namaz on the premises of the hostel. Some outsiders entered the campus and misbehaved with the students followed by stone pelting and vandalism. It was surprising that the police did not act on time and allowed the perpetrators to commit arson within the university campus. Inaction of the police also should be investigated and the responsible officers should be punished. The inaction of the police present at the campus points out why hatemongers and anti-social elements do not fear the law.”

Prof Salim Engineer said, “This reprehensible act, where foreign students were attacked for practicing their faith, goes against the very principles of tolerance and pluralism that our nation upholds. Such incidents not only endanger the lives of innocent students but also tarnish the name of our country. We call upon the authorities to ensure that the perpetrators of this violence are swiftly brought to justice. We demand a thorough investigation to identify all those involved and hold them accountable for their actions. We urge the Gujarat Police to expedite their efforts in this regard and ensure the safety and security of all students, regardless of their nationality or religion. This incident should not be viewed in isolation. It is an outcome of the general climate of hate and polarization that has developed over the years against the Muslim community in India. Targeted violence against Muslims has been normalized. Unless this climate of hate is confronted; we will not be able to address the root cause of such communal incidents. It is also incumbent upon educational institutions to uphold the values of inclusivity and tolerance, and to take proactive measures to prevent such incidents from recurring in the future.”

Issued by:
K.K. Suhail
National Secretary, Media Dept. Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, HQRS

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