The world watches as India’s nation united to protest against the violence at Jamia Millia Islamia university.
Some Bollywood actors have remained silent as the controversy builds around acts of brutality against Jamia students.
Students have staged strong protests at Delhi’s Jamia Millia Islamia and Aligarh Muslim University in Uttar Pradesh against the amended Citizenship Act approved by the Parliament on Wednesday.
After the evening’s violence in Delhi, during which a battle took place among protesters and police. Damage to property, vehicles torched, the police had invaded the Jamia campus without permission and detained approximately 100 students.
Why has Bollywood remained silent?
Bollywood actor Sayani Gupta has challenged fellow industry actors to condemn the “act of police brutality and violence against students.” She took to Twitter to share a photo of actors and filmmakers taking a selfie with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, requesting them to express their opinions. Sayani also tagged Ranveer Singh, Ayushmann Khurrana, Rajkummar Rao and Karan Johar.
This is what her tweet reads: “ On behalf of the students of Jamia & AMU request at least one of you to tweet or message Mr.Modi condemning this act of police brutality and violence against students. The time has come to speak up guys. Yes? No? May be?”
Here’s the tweet
Netizens have also asked Shah Rukh Khan to speak up against these atrocities since he is a former student of Jamia. Other Bollywood actors like Aamir Khan and Salman Khan have also been asked to stand up.
As protests over the Citizenship (Amendment) Act rocked the national capital, with violence erupting at several places, Delhi Police on Sunday, 15 December, entered the campus of Jamia Millia Islamia university without permission and beat up students and staff, Waseem Ahmed Khan, Chief Proctor of the varsity told ANI.
As many as 50 students, who were detained during the protests, were released in the early hours of Monday, police said.
Of the 50 students, 35 were released from the Kalkaji police station and 15 were released from the station in New Friends Colony, a senior police officer said.
One of the released students was injured in the foot. He also alleged religious slurs being used against him.