Shame on G.K. Pillai: Women Demand an Apology for his Sexist Comments

Stung by the SIT report which concluded that Ishrat was executed in cold blood, former Union Home Secretary G.K. Pillai—hard-pressed to defend his affidavit to the Supreme Court that Ishrat was a Lashkar operative—has stooped to now slandering the girl’s personal life suggesting that her checking into different hotels with “another man” was definitely suspicious. Perhaps, Mr. Pillai wishes us to believe that all those young women who travel and work independently are ‘suspicious’ and could have terrorist links.

JTSA Welcomes the SIT Report on Ishrat Jahan: Demands a Free and Fair Probe into Batla House ‘Encounter’

JTSA welcomes the SIT report which has concluded that the teenaged college girl Ishrat Jahan and her three companions were killed in cold blood—and were not terrorists on way to kill Narendra Modi.

JTSA Condemns the Attack on Prashant Bhushan by Hindutva Xenophobes

JTSA condemns the attack on Prashant Bhushan by Hindutva xenophobes. We call for the political and social isolation of those who believe in the perverse ideology espoused by the attackers and their ideological brethren who have repeatedly shown disdain for the Constitution by attacking women, bringing down mosques and churches and targeting those who have resolutely stood for justice and secularism.

Lessons from Malegaon: Punish those Guilty of Misleading Probes Compensate the Victims NOW!

The NIA has finally put the official seal on what many activists, the families of the accused and the people of Malegaon had been saying for long: that the arrest of nine Muslim men for the 2008 Malegaon blast was a result of a communal witch-hunt, which passes for investigations into terror charges. As a consequence of the investigating agencies' hubris and prejudice, nine innocent men had to spend five long years in jail, while their families suffered and they were stigmatized. 

Statement on the Anti-corruption Agitation

The Jamia Teachers’ Solidarity Association (JTSA) upholds the anti-corruption struggle and the demand for an effective Lokpal Bill. We urge the Government of India to undertake urgent steps to ensure that the demand for a powerful institution of the Lokpal is met with and put in place. Any dragging of feat on this will only serve to embolden the corrupt and the unscrupulous occupying high offices.

Don’t Let Mumbai Blasts Investigations Fall Victim to Prejudice and Shortcut

JTSA offers its heartfelt sympathies to the bereaved and the injured in the Mumbai serial blasts. We sincerely hope that the perpetrators of this mindless violence will be brought to justice swiftly. There are early indicators though that this investigation will be marred by prejudiced investigating agencies. There are news items appearing in various media outlets which cite the interrogation report of Md. Salman, a supposed operative of the Indian Mujahideen (IM) to establish that Mumbai was on IM’s sights.

Peaceful Protest Cannot be Criminalized—Police Has No Place in a University

About ten students of Jamia Millia Islamia have been sitting on hunger strike since yesterday (7th May 2011) demanding that they be allowed to sit for their annual examinations. While one may concur or disagree with the demands of the students, what is indisputable is that their protest was entirely peaceful: no stone was thrown, no windows were broken, no building ransacked, no property destroyed, no violence resorted to.