The anti-CAA protests held at Delhi Jamia Millia Islamia tend to uncover a new part each day, inching towards the completion of the puzzle which has left people taking sides with incomplete knowledge of the situation.
The National Federation of Indian Women (NFIW), a body established for the betterment of female citizens of the country, published a report on August 11th which mentions the sexual assault suffered by the students of Jamia Millia during the anti-CAA protests of Delhi. It said that until now cases of 45 people getting assaulted by the police in regards to the incident at Jamia Nagar on February 10th have been found.
The 66-year-old social welfare committee is directed presently by activist Aruna Roy. After the police forcefully entered the peaceful protests that were being carried on by the students of JMI, the march that was meant to head to the Parliament, stopped abruptly and ended up with seriously injured participants. Many of them were the residents of Jamia Nagar, Delhi.
The NFW stated its February 10th’s report to be built by conducting a truth exploring task taken off by the vehicle. It considered the testimonials brought from survivors of the anti-CAA protests along with the doctors and nurses who aided their wounds.
The body further said that the police made a “targeted sexual attack on women and other protestors”. This constituted nearly 70 people who were in the age groups of 15-60 years. It mentioned the atrocities suffered by the women which included groping, stamping on private parts, and many more awful acts. This was accomplished with the use of batons, lathis, boots, knuckles, elbows, knees, etcetera.
“Women were molested by the male policemen, who attempted to tear their clothes, punched their breasts or stomped on them with their boots, as well as tried to insert their batons into the vaginas. At least 15 women who were stomped on in their private parts, and they suffered injuries in their vaginas (sic),” the NFIW said in its report, which was released by Roy at a press conference.
The Indian Express reported Dr. Abdul Nazar, director of Al-Shifa Hospital saying, “While most of those injured complained they were kicked in their stomach, one woman complained of an injury to her private parts.”
It also said that there was the extreme force used on men as well, including sexual assault. This happened at stations where men were being taken after detaining them from the protest site. There are reports where the police have kicked their groins and hit vigorously on the bus for the entire journey to the police station.
While all the protestors informed the same thing, the reporters at the ground on the day of the violent face-off said that “lathis” weren’t used but there was the force used in the form of heavy beatings on the first line of protestors. A reporter from Reuters had to say a similar thing.
However, locals claim that chemical gas was used to disperse the public from the area with white fumes visible from a far off distance as well. A month after the incident to people came in with complaints of palpitations, spasms, and muscle atrophy at various hospitals and health centers nearby.
The report further states, “As we could not get access to the MLCs, we have to rely on the information given to us by the survivors themselves. Here we were helped by the medical students who tried to explain the statements given by survivors. We would like to reiterate that our report is based on testimonies given to us by survivors, their spokespersons, medical practitioners, legal and medical advisors.