16th December 2019
We, the undersigned members of Indian Women Cinematographer’s Collective are writing this letter in solidarity with the students of Jamia Millia Islamia and Aligarh Muslim University in their protest against the discriminatory CAA and NRC.
Since 13th Dec 2019 disturbing images and videos have surfaced showing the police brutally targeting students and protestors in university campus. We have been deeply concerned at the absolutely condemnable police action that transpired on the Jamia campus since 13th Dec 2019 and subsequently on AMU campus on 15th Dec, 2019. To dissent is a right in a free and democratic country like India and the students were peacefully exercising that right.
We, the undersigned vehemently oppose the CAA, which in conjunction with the NRC is a brutal attack on the secular character of our nation. The police brutality against the students is symptomatic of the inherent violence of the bill. The events happened in broad daylight with the national and world media watching. We shudder to think what our sisters and brothers in the far flung parts of the country must be undergoing, specially with the unconstitutional communication embargo which is becoming a staple in our democracy.
We, as artists, as cinematographers and as filmmakers stand in solidarity with the students and offer our support in their fight to uphold the constitutional right of equality. We do hope that such an action is never repeated in future and the respective authorities are held accountable for this unconstitutional and unfortunate act.
(Disclaimer: the members who are signatories here endorse the views).
“Dissent is the highest form of Patriotism.” Howard Zinn
Nusrat F Jafri
Neha Parti Matiyani
Krishna K R
Alima P Tigga