Minorities commission notice to Delhi University on teachers’ social media posts

Published : April 03, 2020 18:40 IST

At the time of COVID-19, the communal virus continues to raise its head. The latest instance comes from a Delhi University (DU) Facebook page (“DU Teachers”) where some academics have reportedly asked doctors not to treat Muslim patients and suggested that they be put in gas chambers instead.

Taking a serious view of the issue, the Delhi Minorities Commission issued a complaint to the DU Vice Chancellor (V-C), stating: “The commission is surprised that some teachers are spewing venom against the Muslim community saying that they should be put in gas chambers and that the doctors should not treat them, etc. We find this very disturbing that such elements should be ‘teaching’ in a prestigious university like yours.”

The Commission, which has quasi-judicial powers and functions as a civil court, has asked the V-C to constitute an inquiry committee to probe these posts and take appropriate action against these teachers. It has given the V-C a month’s time to file his reply and action taken report.

Earlier, six persons, including DU academics, posted objectionable material against the Muslim community on the “DU Teachers” Facebook page.

The post, with a video and written text, was first shared by a person called Sanjay Mohanty.

The post was later removed. The university is yet to respond to the Commission’s notice.