Faced with sudden criticism over “not providing” lunch to non-Muslim students in hostels during the month of Ramzan, Aligarh Muslim University(AMU) has clarified that food is available “on demand” to such students.
In a statement on Wednesday, the central university said: “Dining halls of various residential halls and hostels in AMU are serving food during lunch hours in the holy month of Ramzan to students who are not observing the fast.”
Following “protests” by some students in the last couple of days and the corresponding controversy that erupted on social media, the varsity has been hard put to explain its stand.
Watch The Video Report Of ABP Live on this issue which clearly says no food was given to non Muslim students during ramzan:
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Many teachers and students have, however, maintained that this is a “non-issue” and is being given an “unnecessary a communal colour”. Shahzad Alam Burni, former president of AMU students’ union, said the practice had been going on for “ages” but no one had ever objected. He alleged that this year a deliberate attempt was being made to give a communal tinge to the matter.
The controversy started with a tweet from Prashant Patel, a Delhi high court layer, highlighting the “problem”. As it went viral on social media, AMU faced strong opposition for its culture of starving non Muslim students during ramzan which was going on from many years and finally now they are defeated and providing food to non Muslim students.
With the inputs from TOI