Uttar Pradesh’s Aligarh Muslim University is not providing food to its students during fasting hours in Ramzan, news channels Republic TV and India Today reported on Wednesday. The reports even said that the tradition is being followed in the university for more than 50 years. As per the report, no food is served to students in university mess from the time of sunrise to sunset. During Ramzan, the first meal of the day, known as Sehri, is taken before sunrise. Muslims practice sawm, or fasting, from dawn to dusk during the holy month of Ramzan, after which they break fast in the evening.
Vinay Varshney, a BJYM leader, alleged that by denying breakfast and lunch to Hindu boarders, the university authorities were “indirectly compelling them to observe fast during Ramzan,” Press Trust of India reported.
Samsuddin, an AMU official engaged with canteen and food affairs, confirmed with news channel ABP News that no food is served during the day to students in the canteen. He added that those who don’t fast, take their breakfast with them in night only.
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A BJYM leader, Vinay Varshney, alleged that by denying breakfast and lunch to Hindu boarders, the university authorities were “indirectly compelling them to observe fast during Ramzan,” Press Trust of India reported. However, Jasim Mohammad, media consultant to the AMU vice- chancellor, told PTI, “After receiving complaints yesterday, the vice chancellor had issued written instruction reiterating that any student who is not fasting should inform the dining hall authorities and he will be provided lunch.”
The official further said that practice is followed ever since the university was established. He added that those who did not fast would inform the hostel authorities and special arrangements were always made for providing them lunch. The official, trying to clarify on the issue, said that all students in the hostels were provided with the pre-dawn meal (Sehri).