FIR filed against former JNU student leader for ‘insulting’ Prophet Muhammad

New Delhi: The Aligarh Muslim University Students’ Union (AMUSU) has filed an FIR against former Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union (JNUSU) Vice-President Shehla Rashid Shora for allegedly disrespecting Prophet Mohammad in a Facebook Post.

“JNU student Shehla Rashid Shora made objectionable remarks against Prophet Mohammad in a Facebook post on January 9. She wrote insulting things about other religions as well,” AMUSU member Ghazal Ahmed said in the complaint filed at the Civil Lines police station in Aligarh.

“Her post has disturbed students and could spoil the atmosphere of AMU campus,” the complaint further said.

Rashid, however, denied the allegation, saying she had posted about some “right-wing persons”, who had abused her by making objectionable statements against the Prophet. “The post was about the hate speech in which I mentioned some right-wing trolls were abusing me by abusing the Prophet. If I’m quoting those tweets as an example of abuse, how does it become my statement?” she asked.

The AMUSU has also postponed the All India Students’ Leader Meet scheduled to take place on Saturday, where Rashid and five other JNU students were invited. “The meet has been postponed due to some unavoidable circumstances and a fresh date will be announced shortly,” the AMUSU said in a notice.

Rashid, who was also attacked in 2013 when some people took offence to her article published on an online portal, where she argued that Prophet Mohammad was a feminist, said that some people were trying to instigate AMUSU against her. “I don’t want to defend myself because anyone who is acting outraged has either not read the article or is trying to divert the attention from the Najeeb issue,” she said. “I refuse to allow myself to be targetted for giving a scholarly opinion on hate speech,” she added.

Meanwhile, several JNU students came forward in Rashid’s support. “I read that post and then re-read it at the risk of being accused of the same thing that Shehla is being accused of right now, but I did not find it offensive at all,” student leader Umar Khalid said.

“The ‘hurt sentiments’concept is largely used by the dominant majority to silence and even kill the minority communities. It thrives on lies and rumour-mongering,” he added.