Prof harassed at JNU over religion
My identity as a Muslim has become a threat to me, my family and my students, Dr Roseena Nazir told India Today TV about the ordeal she has to face at the hands of the JNU administration.
In her complaint to the Delhi Minorities Commission, Dr Nazir alleged that she was being harassed due to her Muslim identity, and the administration is planning to kick her out claiming that she does no work.
Dr Nazir wrote a letter to the DMC explaining that she has been harassed so much that she feels like committing suicide and fears the fate of Najeeb Ahmed, the JNU student who went missing under suspicious circumstances on October 15, 2016.
Dr Nazir is a professor under the director of the Centre for the Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy, which is a UGC sponsored scheme. Her salary has been stopped since April 2019 for no legal reason and she is not assigned classes or opportunity to supervise MPhil and PhD students.
The professor also alleged that she is not allowed to attend the Centre faculty meetings and is denied the use of the official Internet and even official email ID. The DMC has issued a notice and an interim order to the JNU Registrar over her complaint. Dr Nazir alleged that the JNU administration is also pressurising her to vacate her accommodation on the campus.
Before joining the JNU in 2013, the complainant served Hyderabad Central University for four years as a permanent faculty member. The panel has directed the Registrar to file a reply by August 1, failing which a case will be registered against him, the Vice-Chancellor and the Chairperson of the concerned Centre.
Yes, she teaches at JNU. We haven't seen the notice yet. We will respond to the notice, said Pramod Kumar, JNU Registrar.
Dr Nazir said if the harassment doesn't stop she will approach the National Minorities Commission.