AMU enjoys `innate` minority character, says Khurshid

Salman Khurshid said that Aligarh Muslim University enjoys an "innate" minority character and it will always remain so.

New Delhi: Aligarh Muslim University enjoys
an "innate" minority character and it will always remain so,
Minority Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said Saturday.

Khurshid`s assertion comes in the backdrop of anxieties
raised in several quarters, especially among the Muslim
community, over the ongoing court case pertaining to
restoration of the AMU`s minority status.

While Allahabad High Court had earlier scrapped its
minority status and cancelled 50 per cent reservation for
Muslims, the Supreme Court had restored status quo.

But the issue of reservation for Muslims at the varsity
is still pending before the Apex court.

"Aligarh Muslim University enjoys an innate minority
character and it can neither be given or taken away," Khurshid
said at a function here.

Stating that both Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA
chairperson Sonia Gandhi share the anxiety of the Muslims, the
minister said "we will reach that stage very soon when we will
see that minority character has been given to both AMU".

He also expressed similar feelings about Jamia Millia
Islamia University which has sought minority status for it.

The minister also appealed to the standing legal counsel
of AMU to be present for hearing in the Supreme Court in this
crucial case as they failed to appear on four consecutive

AMU Teacher`s Association had earlier passed a resolution
for the university administration`s inability to ensure the
presence of its legal counsel.


Effective law needed against sexual harassment: Girija Vyas
Jaipur: Expressing concern over continued
sexual harassment of working women, the National Commission
for Women (NCW) Saturday said the situation can be controlled
only through stricter laws.

"Working women`s sexual harassment is unabated despite
several steps, and the commission is of the view that it can
be controlled through effective law, and our effort in this
direction is to get a relevant bill passed in the current
session of Parliament," NCW Chairperson Girija Vyas told
reporters here today.

"The commission is also taking steps against obscene
and indecent depiction of women in the print and electronic
media but it should also act on its own to curb the practice,"
she said.

Though terming child marriage as a serious issue in
the country, she said the number of such marriages has gone
down in the state which is a positive sign.

She said that on a proposal of the Commission, the
government has approved a scheme under which a rape victim
will be provided a financial help of Rs 20,000 as interim
relief after primary investigation of the case within a period
of 15 days to 3 weeks.


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