The JNUTA condemns in the strongest possible terms the ongoing violence on the campus, allegedly over the serving of non vegetarian food in the Kaveri hostel mess at dinner time. A group of students reportedly attacked the mess Secretary and staff of the hostel mess and then subsequently started attacking other residents of the hostels with rods. Stone pelting has also been reported and students and staff have been injured.
The JNUTA will ascertain the full sequence of events and the factual details and report back to the campus community, but in the interim, it expresses its outrage at any effort to impose the food preferences of any group over others. The use of violence as a means of punishing difference has no place within a university community.
The safety of students and the staff who work for the university has to be fully ensured. The JNU Vice Chancellor and her team, as well as the security forces, must personally intervene to end this violence immediately and to reaffirm the principles of pluralism and celebration of difference that this university stands for.