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DMC issues notice to JNU professor for ‘Islamophobic’ remark against Kashmiri student

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Srinagar, Jan 25: The Delhi Minorities Commission (DMC) has sent a notice to the Jawaharlal Nehru University administration, asking it to set up an inquiry against Professor Amita Singh for calling a Kashmiri Muslim student a “convict of 10 bomb blasts”, a media report said on Friday.

Singh made this remark against the JNU Students’ Union (JNUSU) general secretary, Aejaz Ahmad Rather, a Kashmiri Muslim student studying at JNU.

According to a report, the administration has been told to submit a report by January 28.

In December last year, the report said, Rather complained to the DMC and other institutions, alleging that Singh called him a “convict of 10 bomb blasts” following a verbal duel.

Singh, however, said this “fake news” was the work of a group led by “Kashmiri Muslim separatists”.

“This was the objective… this is not externally driven, but from my centre itself where a strong group of separatist Kashmiri Muslims… roam around with a clear purpose, which gets defeated due to my presence. Administration is too weak and naive to take a focused shot at these in-built armies,” the report quoted Singh as having said.

The DMC’s January 18 letter, addressed to the JNU Registrar, stated, “Shri Aejaz Ahmad Rather… has complained to this Commission that a certain teacher, Prof Amita Singh of the Centre for the Study of Law & Governance, subjected him and other students to abuses and Islamophobic comments.”

“You are directed to hold an enquiry about this allegation, take appropriate action if the allegations are true and file a report with this Commission by January 28…” it read.

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