SIO Organises Candle Light Vigil outside DC Office2 min read
MANIPAL: Standing in solidarity with acts of injustice that have been happening to the citizens of this country, both students and residents of Manipal came out in the form of a candle light vigil in front of the DC’s office on January 6 to raise voices against the secular thread of the nation being questioned. The protest was organised by Students Islamic Organization of India (SIO), Udupi. Despite the last-minute notice, several students gathered together in solidarity.
Since the passing of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the nation-wide implementation of the National Register of Citizens (NRC), there has been an uproar all over the country. Several Universities came out in support of students that were detained and brutally beaten up by Delhi police.
Following the incident at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) on January 4 where an unidentified mob charged at and attacked students protesting both CAA and NRC, causing unrest and turmoil all over the campus, leaving both faculty and students severely injured. The situation escalated to the point where doctors treating the wounded were also attacked by the unidentified mob and were not allowed to enter the campus.
Several students held placards that showed resistance to current government policies. “Students were mercilessly beaten and the police watched from outside the gates. The goons go to the educated because they themselves don’t understand the sanctity of education,” said Professor Phaniraj who is a current faculty at Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE). He took to the centre stage to give an awareness speech about all the happenings around the country.
LGBTQ Spokesperson, activist and Kasturba Medical College (KMC) student, Trinetra Haldar Gummaraju, also took to the centre to address the crowd. “These are tough times, these are difficult times, and all the minorities have felt suffocated in their own homes, that’s why we’re all here today to fight the growing fascism within the country. It scares me to even think that I could have been in those ambulances that was attacked at JNU,” she said speaking about the doctors getting injured in the JNU campus
Students of Manipal Institute of Communication (MIC) participated and showed support by reading poems and raising slogans. Riya Peter, a third-year MIC student, gave a speech regarding the students and the solidarity they’re showing across the nation. The protest ended with the singing of the national anthem and the reassurance that the solidarity will continue.
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Edited by: Nayanatara Jacob