34 Chakma students flee Thenzawl JNV, Mizoram to escape torture, Home Minister Amit Shah urged to intervene.
The All India Chakma Students Union (AICSU) today requested Union Home Minister Amit Shah who is visiting Mizoram on 5th October to address the torture of Chakma students in the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas (JNVs) in Mizoram, informed a press releas issued by All India Chakma Student’s Union ( AICSU)
“All the 34 Chakma students, including 9 girls fled from the hostel of JNV Thenzawl in Serchhip District to their homes on 3 October 2019 due to the lack of security, intimidation and threats of torture from the Mizo students following brutal torture of Class XII student Nolin Bikash Chakma by Mizo students with iron rods at the hostel on 26 September 2019. Of them, 17 belonged to Lawngtlai District and 17 are from Mamit District.” –stated Mr Tejang Chakma, Vice President of the AICSU.
The torture of Chakma students in the JNVs is regular and in 1997, the JNV authorities had to shift all the Chakma students (43 students) to JNV at Mou Gate in Senapati District of Manipur after brutal incidents of torture and harassment of Chakma students at JNV hostel at Hrangchalkawn in Lunglei District, Mizoram.
“There is an immediate need to end such torture in the educational institutions and create conducive atmosphere for return of all the 34 Chakma students studying at JNV Thenzawl. Unless the Home Minister of India ensures safe and secure environment inside the school premises run by the Central government, it shall be a failure of the Government of India to secure the future of its children.” – further stated Mr Chakma in a memorandum to Mr Shah.
The AICSU demanded establishment of two new JNVs respectively at Marpara in Lunglei District and Kamalanagar in Chakma Autonomous District Council at the earliest so that minority students can study in peace.