SRINAGAR: Colleges in Kashmir opened on Monday after a week but many students stayed at home to express solidarity with the students injured in clashes with government troops in the past week. At Government Degree College Nawa Kadal, many students did not attend class in solidarity with the injured student Iqra Sidiq, who suffered skull fracture after a stone hit her head during a protest in Sekidafar area of Srinagar.
BA third-year student Shazia Ali was among the students who did not join her classes at the Nawa Kadal college. She said that her conscience did not allow her to attend classes while her college mate was in hospital.
“I am staying home till she (Iqra) returns to college. Many of my friends are staying home in solidarity with her,” she said.
At the Women’s Degree College on Maulana Azad Road, students said they would not be cowed down by assaults. “We are not going to tolerate these atrocities. Police are attacking girls, but we are not scared now,” said Rasika Farooq, a second-year student of the college.
Insha, a student of Gandhi Memorial College, said that several students stayed home also because they were scared after the clashes of students and government troops last week.
Majid Aslam, a student of Islamia College Hawal, said, “The attack on students has made us conscious that nobody is safe here, even inside the college or in school uniform.”