A disturbing video about activists near the Jamia Millia Islamia in New Delhi surfaced on 10 October, showing a child raising ‘āzādi‘ slogan. More distressing is the fact that senior INC leader and former union minister Salman Khurshid can be seen shouting slogans in this video with this child. It was shot outside Jamia Millia Islamia during demonstrations against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA).
In the video, the child can be heard chanting in rhythm “tum jail men dālo” and “tum goli māro“. After each phrase, the INC politician and others say in chorus, JNU-style “āzādi“.
The child, who has obviously not developed the faculty to know the implications of the words, is reported to be three-years-old.
Singing a different tune, Khurshid had last month backed his party colleague Kapil Sibal’s comment on the CAA, saying: “If something is on the law book, you have to follow the law, otherwise there are consequences.”
Khurshid had said, “If the Supreme Court doesn’t interfere, it”ll remain on the statute book. If something is on the statute book, you have to obey the law, else there are consequences.”
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“It is a matter where the state governments have a very serious difference of opinion with the centre as far as this (CAA) law is concerned. So, we would wait for the final pronouncement made by the top court. Ultimately, the top will decide and till then everything said, done, not done is provisional and tentative,” the INC politician had said.
The demonstration outside the seventh gate of Jamia had been moved to the fourth gate to clear the way for voters in the Delhi assembly election on 7 February. They returned to Gate No. 7 yesterday.
Leftists and Muslims have been demonstrating around the Jamia Millia Islamia campus against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) and the nationwide National Register of Citizens (NRC) since the passage of the CAA in December 2019.
The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights cites laws of 2005 and 2006 to state that exploiting people’s sentiments by using children for activism is a crime.