Fight will end after release of Gilani, Saibaba, says Umar Khalid’s 11-year-old sister

Sarah Fatima was present on the JNU campus to welcome her brother and Anirban Bhattacharya.

Updated - November 17, 2021 02:01 am IST

Published - March 19, 2016 05:38 pm IST - New Delhi

JNU students Umar Khalid (left) and Anirban Bhattacharya at the university campus, after a Delhi court granted them interim bail, in New Delhi on Friday.

JNU students Umar Khalid (left) and Anirban Bhattacharya at the university campus, after a Delhi court granted them interim bail, in New Delhi on Friday.

All of 11 years, the younger sister of Umar Khalid, one of the JNU students named in a sedition case, has said their struggle will “continue till everyone gets justice” and also called for the acquittal of DU professors S.A.R. Gilani and G.N. Saibaba.

Sarah Fatima, a class VI student, was present on the JNU campus on Friday to welcome her brother and Anirban Bhattacharya after they were released on bail.

The 11-year-old ended up giving a speech at the JNU that has gone viral on social media. Shouting slogans of lal salaam and azaadi , she said, “This struggle should not end till DU professors S.A.R. Gilani and G.N. Saibaba are released and all charges against them dropped.”

She earned loud cheers from the crowd as well as the moniker ‘Comrade Sarah’ as she said, “It is a moment to rejoice that Umar and Anirban have come out of jail together. But I want to tell everyone that our struggle doesn’t end here. We need to continue our struggle till everyone gets justice and all charges are dropped.”

JNU students union president Kanhaiya Kumar, Mr. Khalid and Mr. Bhattacharya, were arrested in connection with a sedition case over an event on the university’s campus.

Mr. Gilani is in custody in connection with a similar event at Press Club in New Delhi.

Mr. Saibaba, accused of having Maoist links, is lodged in the central prison in Nagpur.

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