Democracy, civil liberties, minority rights, rule of law under peril in BJP ruled Madhya Pradesh: Jamaat-e-Islami Hind fact-finding team concludes

9/8/2021

New Delhi, 08 Sept. 2021: “Democracy,civil liberties, minority rights, rule of law are under peril in BJP ruledMadhya Pradesh.” This was the conclusion drawn by a four-member delegation ofJamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) which visited Ujjain, Indore, Dewas and Bhopal togather information about a number of incidents of violence and mob attacks onMuslims in various cities of Madhya Pradesh. The delegation comprising of JIH Vice President Prof.Salim Engineer,  its Secretary Malik Mohtasim Khan, andAssistant Secretaries Nadeem Khan and Inamur Rehman today addressed a virtualpress meet from the JIH headquarters.

 

Responding to media queries, the JIH teamspelt out some of the significant findings: “the poor among the Muslimcommunity are being picked as soft targets, since it is difficult for them todefend themselves both physically and legally. They are subjected to acts ofviolence and lynching. The motive of those behind the groups who conduct thisviolence appears to create a fear psychosis in the minority community in thestate. There seems to be a competition among the ruling elite of UP and MP asto who commits more atrocities against minorities to gain political mileage andincrease their rating as champions of the majority community. Today, evenrunning a business, celebrating Independence Day and raising slogans for theirleaders in Madhya Pradesh is becoming an excuse for the anti-social elements totarget Muslims physically. It is a sad day for democracy and civil liberties,minority rights and rule of law are under peril. The criminals feel emboldenedand know that they will not be touched and hence are taking law in their handswith impunity. The role of police and the administration was not fair. Theyappear to be under severe political pressure and are trying to indirectly savethe criminals instead of helping the victims. It was quite shocking to findthat in some cases the victims themselves have been framed and made accused andput in jail.”

 

The JIHteam also found that many of Muslim youths who were demanding action againstcriminals and justice for victims have been charged under very serious sectionsof IPC and put behind bars.  The role ofthe Home Minister of MP was highly objectionable and against all norms of thosewho hold constitutional position. It was observed that the victims, theirfamilies and even the Muslim community and their leaders are in the state offear and feel that there is very little hope that the state government and thepolice would do justice with them. One important finding was that the dueprocess of law is not being followed while framing serious charges such assedition against those arrested. The guidelines of the Supreme Court are beingflouted when it comes to subjecting the video graphic evidence to forensicexamination.

 

The JIHdelegation met with family members of victims of mob violence, consoled themand assured them of all legal help. They also met senior police officials inUjjain and Indore and public representatives to express their concern overrising incidents of hate crimes. The delegation also met community leaders,legal activists, social workers and defenders of human rights to discuss waysto extend legal aid to the victims and initiate penal action against criminalsand their supporters. The JIH delegation said, “Jamaat-e-Islami Hind will writeto the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh to demand that the state governmentinitiate immediate measures to check the hate-related violence, to punish theperpetrators and their patrons, develop confidence and trust in the Muslimcommunity. The police and the administration should ensure justice to thevictims and should resist all forms of political pressure from differentquarters.”

 

Addressing the online press conference, Prof.Salim Engineer has extended support of JIH for the demands raised in the recentKisan Mahapanchayat in Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh. He said: “JIH appreciatesthe show of solidarity between the farmers who vowed not to be swayed by theforces of hatred and create a divide between communities on religious lines.Eight years ago in 2013, Muzaffarnagar was the scene of some of the most brutalcommunal violence, the same place was filled with fraternity, love and mutualtrust between Hindus and Muslims. This is the victory of love over hate.  Jamaat-e-Islami Hind appeals to all thecitizens of India to unite and save it from the path of destruction that thecommunal forces are trying to lead the country to”.

 

On this occasion, JIH Women’s WingSecretary Mrs.Rahmatunnisa condemned the alleged brutal rape and murder of Delhi’scivil defence worker Sabiya Saifi and demanded immediate arrest of the culpritsand ex-gratia payment to her family members. Mrs.Rahmatunnisa said, “newsreports about family members not being satisfied with the course and speed ofinvestigation should be verified through an impartial probe. It is a sadreality that despite so much rhetoric about ‘Beti Bachao’, we have failed tocreate a climate in which our girls and women feel safe and secure in theirworkplace and outdoors. JIH hopes the government, law enforcement agencies,lawmakers, the judiciary and concerned citizens will chalk out new policies forthe protection and security of our women so that they can accomplish theirpotential without fear of being stalked, harassed and losing their lives tocrimes that put humanity to shame”.

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