AMU Prof Booked Over Post on J&K, Hindu Mahasabha Filed Complaint

One of the posts shared by the professor, quoted poet Indori, who said debate and dissent are part of democracy.

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Aligarh Muslim University.

The police have registered an FIR on Wednesday, 20 November against an Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) professor for sharing posts on social media that allegedly hurt the morale of the security forces in Kashmir.

The FIR cited an “inappropriate post” in which the assistant professor, whose husband is a journalist based in Kashmir, referred to the communication blackout in the Valley immediately after the abrogation of Jammu and Kashmir's special status.

The Facebook post that she allegedly shared, read, ‘Sach mein sampark toot jana kitna khatarnak aur dukhad hota hai, chahe Chandrayaan ho ya Kashmir,’ (It’s true that losing communication is dangerous and painful, whether it is Chandrayaan or Kashmir).

The reference was to the ISRO mission that went wrong in September with lander Vikram losing contact after crashing on the moon's surface.

Hindu Mahasabha leader Ashok Pandey, who filed the complaint on 14 November over the weeks-old posts, claimed that the comment indicated that she “did not consider Kashmir an integral part of India.”

Post ‘Threat to Nation’s Integrity,’ Alleges Complainant

Huma Parveen, 34, from the AMU's Mass Communication department has been booked under sections 153-A and 505 (2) of the Indian Penal Code for “promoting enmity” between different groups.

The complaint lodged at the Gandhi Park police station alleged that her posts were “a threat to the integrity of the nation” and aimed at “harming the morale of the security forces in Kashmir.”

When contacted on Wednesday, Huma Parveen said, “I have not written a single post myself but have just shared a few posts published either in leading news portals or by some friends.”

Parveen Lost Contact With Husband During Communication Outage

According to the professor, she shared these posts with her husband Naeem Shaukat, with whom she had lost contact during the communication blackout immediately after the Centre's decision to nullify Article 370.

She said she is a loyal citizen of the country and none of her shared posts even remotely suggest that she does not consider Kashmir an integral part of India.

Among the posts shared by her quoted poet Rahat Indori, who said debate and dissent are the part of democracy.

Another quote, attributed to Mahatma Gandhi, read, “You can chain me, you can torture me, you can even destroy my body but you can never imprison my mind.”

Pandey alleged that the posts are “objectionable”, and some of them tantamount to “taunting the Indian Prime Minister.” But there is no mention of a specific post to support this charge.

Senior Superintendent of Police Akash Kulhari said the matter is being investigated.

When contacted, AMU spokesperson Shafey Kidwai, who also heads Mass Communication department, said, “We will come into the picture only after the police files a charge sheet. The case has been filed on the basis of a complaint by a private individual.”

He said all posts shared by Parveen are open to scrutiny and it is now for the police to decide whether there was any objectionable content or not.

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