Muslim Organizations Announce Bandh, Protest March Over Killing of College Student in Hubballi

Muslim groups in India to hold voluntary shutdown and silent protest over the killing of a college student, sparking a political row and raising concerns about campus safety.

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Muslim Organizations Announce Bandh, Protest March Over Killing of College Student in Hubballi

Muslim Organizations Announce Bandh, Protest March Over Killing of College Student in Hubballi

The death of 23-year-old college student Neha Hiremath was condemned, and Muslim organisations and trade associations in Hubballi, India, called for the death penalty to be applied to the accused, Fayaz Khandunayak, on April 21, 2024. They also scheduled a silent protest march on the same day. As a gesture of sympathy and support for Neha's family, all Muslim-owned businesses—including fruit vendors, garages, chicken stores, banks, and institutions—will be closed from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., according to Anjuman-e-Islam president Esmail Tamatgar.

Neha, the daughter of a Congress Councillor, was allegedly stabbed to death on the campus of BVB College on April 18 by Fayaz, her former classmate. The incident triggered public outrage, with protests in Hubballi, Dharwad, and several other places. The BJP accused the Congress government of being soft on anti-social elements, while the Congress claimed it was a personal matter. Neha's family said she had rejected Fayaz's marriage proposal, leading to the murder.

As part of the protest, a rally will be held to send a message that such incidents should never occur to any girl child. The Anjuman-e-Islam Society also decided to name one of its blocks after Neha Hiremath as a tribute, and her parents will be requested to inaugurate it. The community leaders, including moulvis and elders, will lead a silent protest march wearing black bands and submit a memorandum to the Chief Minister through the Deputy Commissioner's office, demanding justice for Neha.

Why this matters: The killing of Neha Hiremath has sparked a political row in poll-bound Karnataka, with the ruling Congress and opposition BJP trading accusations. The incident has also raised concerns about campus safety and the need for strict action against those spreading misinformation online.

The president of the Anjuman-e-Islam Society, Ismail Tamatgar, emphasized the need for schools and college managements to play a bigger role in teaching moral values to students and providing adequate security measures to ensure the safety of girl students. The organization plans to implement safety protocols in their schools and colleges, including obtaining consent letters from parents regarding disciplinary actions. Additionally, the Anjuman Institute has announced the formation of a women's safety cell to monitor the safety of female students.

Key Takeaways

  • Muslim organizations in Hubballi, India, announced a voluntary bandh and silent protest to condemn the killing of Neha Hiremath.
  • Neha, a 23-year-old college student, was allegedly stabbed to death by her former classmate Fayaz Khandunayak.
  • The incident has sparked a political row in poll-bound Karnataka, with the ruling Congress and opposition BJP trading accusations.
  • The Anjuman-e-Islam Society plans to implement safety protocols in their schools and colleges, including a women's safety cell.
  • The community leaders demand the highest punishment for the accused and justice for Neha Hiremath.