India

Show cause notice to 2 Jamia students for “Offensive” social media post

New Delhi: Jamia Millia Islamia administration sent a show-cause notice to two of its students on Monday evening, accusing them of posting offensive content about the Prime Minister of India and dragging the university and administration’s name in objectionable hashtags in some social media posts.

Among two of the students who were served notice one is a graduate and the other a postgraduate student.

BeyondHeadlines has a copy of the show-cause notice, which reads, “It has come to our notice that few anti-social elements have posted some offensive, indecent, unscrupulous and filthy content about the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India on social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram’s page dragging Jamia Millia Islamia and its administration.”

The show-cause notice has been issued by Prof. Waseem A. Khan, the Chief Proctor of Jamia Millia Islamia.

One of the students (we are hiding the name on his request) served with notice stated “It is a defaming show-cause notice. The social media page mentioned in the notice is not mine and I have no relation with that page”.

He also stated that those hashtags mentioned in the notice were never used by him. He informed that when an official from the university called him to take the post down, he told them that he had already deleted the post.

“The post was completely different from the one I am accused of posting.”

He also said that his post was a satire to ask the administration to speak up for Safoora Zargar and all the other student activists who were arrested as the silence of University was disheartening for the students.

The notice mentions the name of an Instagram page ‘jamiatimes1’. The notice says, “People discussed and tagged hashtags such as #jamiamilliaislamia #eidmubarak #islamophobia #pmo #modi #najmaakhtar #najma #jmi #administration #zoommeeting and made derogatory remarks and comments about the Jamia authorities and working of Jamia Millia Islamia on your page”

The notice also read that these students have a week time to explain why a disciplinary action against them should not be initiated.

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