Health Workers, Health Professionals, Women’s Rights Activists Condemn Use of Force by Police against Students of JMI, AMU

Concerned health activists and health professionals and women’s rights activists have issued the following statement against the brutal use of force by the police against students, especially in Jamia Millia Islamia and AMU.

We, the health networks, health activists, health professionals, Women’s Rights Activists and concerned activists strongly condemn this abhorrent act by the police force on the students of Jamia Milia Islamia University, Delhi and  Aligarh Muslim University, Uttar Pradesh on 15th – 16th December 2019.

Following the protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), violence was unleashed and Jamia and AMU were particularly targeted. According to the reports from JamiaMiliaIslamia on Sunday, the police force entered the premises, targeted individuals indiscriminately, used tear-gas shells and lathi charge against the students, along with the forceful entry in their university premises. 

Students were dragged out of the reading rooms and library and there were reports that the girl students faced verbal  and physical violence and communal taunts.

More than 52 students (boys) were detained from Jamia at two police stations during the night of 15th December till about 3.30 AM. Even some of the critically injured, who were sent for treatment to the nearby hospital were brought back to be detained, completely ignoring their serious injuries and deteriorating condition. Students admitted to the Holy Family Hospital ICU were also brought to the police station.

Violence by police forces against the students of AMU  has resulted in serious injuries for many students, including serious head injuries, amputations, fractures being reported.

The police violence and intimidation have created immense fear  and mental trauma amongst students, who concerned about any further repercussions, have been unable to ensure that the documentation and medical records of their injuries caused by the police, are available to them. These are in complete violation of the constitutional and democratic principles that are core to India.

We unequivocally condemn the violence as well as the impunity being granted to the police aggression and atrocities.  We condemn these violations of the right to immediate medical treatment/ health care that was critical for all those who sustained injuries.

We stand wholeheartedly in solidarity with all the students and people across the country who are resisting the unconstitutional Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).

We, health care organisations, networks, doctors, nurses and other health care providers raise our voices against the excesses of the State and commit/ extend all support for the health care of all those who have suffered consequences to their physical and psychological health in our collective resistance against such tyranny.

Endorsed by:

  1. All India Drug Action Network (AIDAN)
  2. Jan Swasthya Abhiyan (JSA)
  3. Medico Friend Circle (MFC)
  4. Aashiya Bindra
  5. Abhay Regi
  6. Abhay Shukla
  7. Abhiti Gupta
  8. Adarsh Varghese Kurian
  9. Adithya Christopher
  10. Adithya P, Public Health Researcher
  11. Adithyan, Tamil Nadu
  12. Adsa Fatima, Health Activist, Delhi
  13. AkashSethy
  14. Alia Sinha
  15. Alok Kumar
  16. Dr Amar Jesani, Independent Researcher & Teacher, Bioethics and Public Health
  17. Ameerkhan, JSA Tamilnadu
  18. AmitaPitre
  19. AmitranjanBasu
  20. Amrita Shodhan
  21.    Dr Amrutha Nair
  22. AmulyaNidhi, SwasthyaAdhikarManch
  23. Anand Zachariah, Christian Medical College, Vellore
  24. AnantPhadke
  25. Anika Juneja, Research Assistant, Ranchi
  26. Anjali Bhardwaj
  27. AnjlaiShenoi
  28. Anna Eldho
  29. Anna Karmel Abraham
  30. Anna Mathew
  31. Anuradha Kapoor
  32. Anushka Kataria
  33. Aquinas Edassery, Odisha
  34. Areeba Ahmed
  35. Arun Gupta
  36. Arundhati Sridhar
  37. Asha Mishra
  38. AsimSircar, GyanVigyan Samity, Jharkhand
  39. AswathyRaveendran, Assistant Professor, BITS Pilani, Hyderabad Campus
  40. Bharti Sharma
  41. Brinelle D’Souza, Tata Institute of Social Sciences
  42. C. S. Verma
  43. Sathyamala, Independent Researcher
  44. Chayanika Shah, Queer Feminist Researcher & Teacher, Mumbai
  45. Chinu Srinivasan
  46. Chitra Maria Alexander
  47. Chitra Sinha, Centre for Gender Research, Uppsala University, Sweden
  48. Christina Maria Samson
  49. Common Health
  50. Cynthia Susan John
  51. Daniel Paul Mowli
  52. Deepa V, Health Researcher and Women’s Rights Activist
  53. Deepak Kumar, Public Health Practitioner
  54. DeepthaAchar
  55. Denny John
  56. Deval, JSS Chhattisgarh
  57. Devika Biswas
  58. Devaki Nambiar, Public Health Professional
  59. Dimple OberoiVahali
  60. DishaMullick
  61. DiptaBhog, Women’s Rights Activist, Delhi
  62. Dyuti, PhD Researcher, University of Sussex
  63. Deepika Joshi, Researcher, Chhattisgarh
  64. Premdas Pinto
  65. Ebethsha
  66. Ekbal B., KSSP
  67. Farah Naqvi, Delhi
  68. Food Sovereignty Alliance, India
  69. GabrinJowil W. L.
  70. Gargi Mishra
  71. Gaurav Rout
  72. Gauri Chaudhari, Pune
  73. Gouranga Mohapatra
  74. Harsh Regi
  75. Hasina
  76. Hephzibah
  77. InayatKakkar
  78. Dr IndranilMukhopadhyay, JSA Delhi
  79. Iwin Joseph Benny
  80. Jacob Cherian
  81. Jason Jacob George
  82. Jaya Sharma, Delhi
  83. Jennifer K.
  84. Joel K Johny
  85. Joe Varghese
  86. Joel Nanda
  87. Julia George, Lawyer, Pune
  88. Jyothi Fernandes. Karnataka
  89. K. Mathias, Burans, Dehradun
  90. KalpanaKannabiran, Council for Social Development
  91. Kamatham Shiny Simon
  92. Kamlesh, BGVS Uttarakhand
    1. Dave, Feminist Activist, Member, LABIA Collective
  93. Karthick Sriram M.
  94. Keerthi Mercy
  95. LalremruatiChawnghtu
  96. LABIA, A Queer LBT Collective, Mumbai
  97. LingalaSumit
  98. Madhu, Theatre Activist
  99. MadhurimaNundy
  100. MaliniGhose, Women’s Rights Activist, Delhi
  101. Mandisa M Christian
  102. Manna M Xavier
  103. Manna Mary Thomas
  104. Mehul Shankar
  105. Mehul Shankar
  106. Dr Mira Sadgopal
  107. Mira Shiva, Public Health Physician
  108. Mohamed KhaderMeeran
  109. Mohit P Gandhi, CSMSCH, Delhi
  110. Dr Mohan Rao
  111. Mukti Bosco
  112. NachiketUdupa, Concerned Individual
  113. Nandini Manjrekar
  114. Dr Narendra Gupta
  115. Nidhin Joseph
  116. Nikhil Raju
  117. Nilanjana Das
  118. Niraj Vilas Shende
  119. Nishant J. Vedana
  120. NitiSaxena
  121. Padma Deosthali, Mumbai
  122. Padma Prakash, Editor, eSocialSciences
  123. Padma Velaskar
  124. Padmini Swaminathan, Independent Researcher, Chennai
  125. Pallavi Gupta, Public Health Consultant, New Delhi
  126. Pamella Philipose, Journalist, Delhi
  127. Dr Pankaj Kumar Tiwari, Community Doctor, JSS Anuppur
  128. Philo Thomas
  129. Pothuraju Susmitha Carol
  130. PrabirChatterjee
  131. Pradeep Ninan, Consultant Paediatric Surgeon, Goa
  132. Pranali, Sewagram
  133. Praveer Peter, Convenor, Sajha Kadam / Solidarity Centre, Ranchi
  134. Preetha Elizabeth Joseph
  135. PriyadarshTure
  136. PyaraLalGarg, JSA Punjab and Chandigarh
  137. Radha Holla
  138. Radhika
  139. Ragini
  140. Dr Rahul Shastri, Patna
  141. Raina Rebecca Reginold
  142. Rajalakshmi
  143. Dr Rajeev BR
  144. Dr Ramakrishna Prasad, Family Medicine Physician, Bangalore
  145. Dr RamaniAtkuri, Public health physician, Bhopal
  146. Ramengmawii
  147. Ranjan De, New Delhi
  148. Ravi Duggal
  149. Dr Ravi Narayan
  150. Dr Ravindra Kurbude
  151. Renu Khanna
  152. Richa Chintan, JSA, Delhi
  153. Ritu Dewan
  154. Ritwik De
  155. RohiniHensman, Writer and Activist, Bombay
  156. Rohini Kandhari
  157. Rohit Shah
  158. Rohit Shah
  159. Dr Sagari R. Ramdas, Veterinary Scientist
  160. Saheli Women’s Resource Centre, New Delhi
  161. SakinaBahora
  162. Samir Dass, Jharkhand Science Forum, Ranchi
  163. Samuel N.
  164. SandhyaPhadke
  165. Sandhya Srinivasan, Mumbai
  166. Sandhya Y. K.
  167. Sangeeta Chatterjee, Washington DC
  168. SangeetaRege, Mumbai
  169. Sanjay Dabhade
  170. Sanjeev Sinha, JSA, Uttar Pradesh
  171. Sara Jacob
  172. Sarojini N, Co-convenor, Jan SwasthyaAbhiyan
  173. Satnam Singh
  174. Sebin George Abraham
  175. Shakeel, Bihar
  176. ShakunDoundiyakhed
  177. Sherin Beulah J.
  178. Shewli Kumar, TISS
  179. Sharmila Sreekumar, IIT Bombay
  180. Shilpa Krishna, Hyderabad
  181. ShrinidhiDatar
  182. Shweta Narayan, Environment and Public Health Researcher, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
  183. Siddarth David, Public Health Researcher, Doctors For You, India
  184. Sindhu Nila, Public Health Research Associate, Pune
  185. Smita Todkar
  186. Sneha Gole, KSPWSC, SPPU
  187. Sneha Makkad
  188. Sona Mitra
  189. Soumya Sheona Loyal
  190. Sreyarth Krishna
  191. Steven Lionel
  192. Subhadra Kamath
  193. Subodh S Gupta, Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, Sewagram
  194. Suhas Kolhekar, NAPM and ALFRTE
  195. Sulakshana Nandi, Public Health Researcher, JamiaAlumini
  196. Sundararaman T
  197. SunitaBandewar
  198. Sunita Dhar, Activist
  199. Sunitha Varghese, Public Heath Physician, Kotagiri, Tamil Nadu
  200. Surbhi Shrivastava, Senior Research Associate, CEHAT, Mumbai
  201. Suresh S.
  202. Swati Mishra, Chevening Scholar, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  203. SwatijaManorama
  204. Sylvia Karpagam, Public Health Doctor and Researcher, Karnataka
  205. Thelma Narayan, Public Health Physician, SOCHARA, Bengaluru
  206. Timothy L. J.
  207. Uma Chaitanya
  208. Uma Chakravarthy, Delhi
  209. Uma V. Chandru
  210. Vandana Kulkarni, Pune
  211. Vani Subramanian, Filmmaker, New Delhi
  212. Dr Vandana Prasad
  213. Vanita Mukherjee
  214. Vasanth Kannabiran, Asmita
  215. Vasundhara Rangaswamy, Health Professional, Independent
  216. Veena Johri, Lawyer
  217. Vidit Panchal, Indore
  218. Vikash Prakash, AzimPremji University, Bangalore
  219. Virginia Saldanha, Mumbai
  220. Vishakha Issac
  221. Vitthal Salve, Medical officer, Shaheed Hospital, DalliRajhara
  222. Vrinda Marwah
  223. Yash Chandra
  224. Yogesh Jain, Public Health Physician, Chhattisgarh
  225. Zachariah Thomas

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