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Mohsin Shaikh murder: All of the Hindu Rashtra Sena accused acquitted

The 28-year-old Pune techie was murdered while on his way home after offering namaz at a mosque

27 Jan 2023

Mohsin Shaikh

A Pune court acquitted 21 workers of the Hindu Rashtra Sena (HRS) accused of murdering 28-year-old Pune techie Mohsin Shaikh. Additional sessions judge S B Salunkhe, today, delivered the order of acquittal to HRS chief Dhananjay Desai and others, stating that that the evidence on record was not strong enough to convict and the prosecution was able to prove the case beyond reasonable doubt.

Shaikh was murdered in 2014 allegedly by HRS workers while on his way home with a friend, after offering prayers at a mosque. As per the FIR filed by his brother, Mobin Shaikh, his brother was attacked because he had a beard and was wearing a skull cap and they attacked him with hockey sticks and banged a cement block on his head. Mobin rode on another bike a little ahead, which is why he was way ahead when the mob attacked Mohsin.

Communal clashes had broken out after the circulation of objectionable pictures of Shivaji Maharaj and Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray on social media and Desai had allegedly made speeches instigating violence on two occasions.

In its chargesheet the cops quoted at least two witnesses, who heard HRS members plan the attack.

The chargesheet said, “The activists were carrying hockey sticks, wooden batons etc. During the meeting, they started discussing that HRS president Dhananjay Bhai has said that Muslims should be thrashed for posting derogatory pictures of Shivaji Maharaj on Facebook. Their vehicles, shops should be damaged. They should not be allowed to do any business in the area. There should be terror of HRS in Hadapsar.”

A lot has transpired since the fateful incident to this unfortunate acquittal today. Three accused: Vijay Gambhire, Ganesh Yadav and Ajay Lalge, were granted bail in 2017 after a controversial reasoning was given by a Bombay High Court judge while granting the same. While granting of bail in criminal cases is not uncommon, the grounds for the grant of the bail is what makes this case stand apart. While pinning the blame on the religious identity of the victim, Justice Mridula Bhatkar had infamously said, “The accused had no other motive such as personal enmity against the innocent deceased…[his] fault was only that he belonged to another religion. I consider this factor in favour of the accused... it appears that in the name of religion they were provoked and have committed the murder.”

In February 2018, however, the Supreme Court, unhappy with Justice Bhatkar’s remarks, cancelled the bail granted to the accused. A bench of Justices S.A. Bobde and L. Nageswara Rao further cautioned courts against passing observations “which may appear to be coloured with a bias for or against a community”. The top court maintained that courts must be “fully conscious of the plural composition of the country” and hence abide by their duty to objectively decide the rights of different groups.

By 2018, all accused, except Dhananjay Desai were out on bail.

Further, when Ujjwal Nikam was appointed as Special public prosecutor in the case at the victim's family, the appointment was soon cancelled. The reasons for  the same were never revealed and Nikam himself refused to comment on the same. 

Then Chief Minister, Prithviraj Chavan provided Rs 5 Lakh compensation to the family and had even promised a government job to Mohsin’s brother which never materialized. Later, in 2018, his family was given Rs. 10 lakh compensation through a government resolution, after Mohsin’s father had filed a PIL in Bombay High Court

Waiting for ‘justice’ in the case, Mohsin’s father, Mohammed Sadiq Shaikh died in 2018 owing to heart failure.

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Mohsin Shaikh murder: All of the Hindu Rashtra Sena accused acquitted

The 28-year-old Pune techie was murdered while on his way home after offering namaz at a mosque

Mohsin Shaikh

A Pune court acquitted 21 workers of the Hindu Rashtra Sena (HRS) accused of murdering 28-year-old Pune techie Mohsin Shaikh. Additional sessions judge S B Salunkhe, today, delivered the order of acquittal to HRS chief Dhananjay Desai and others, stating that that the evidence on record was not strong enough to convict and the prosecution was able to prove the case beyond reasonable doubt.

Shaikh was murdered in 2014 allegedly by HRS workers while on his way home with a friend, after offering prayers at a mosque. As per the FIR filed by his brother, Mobin Shaikh, his brother was attacked because he had a beard and was wearing a skull cap and they attacked him with hockey sticks and banged a cement block on his head. Mobin rode on another bike a little ahead, which is why he was way ahead when the mob attacked Mohsin.

Communal clashes had broken out after the circulation of objectionable pictures of Shivaji Maharaj and Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray on social media and Desai had allegedly made speeches instigating violence on two occasions.

In its chargesheet the cops quoted at least two witnesses, who heard HRS members plan the attack.

The chargesheet said, “The activists were carrying hockey sticks, wooden batons etc. During the meeting, they started discussing that HRS president Dhananjay Bhai has said that Muslims should be thrashed for posting derogatory pictures of Shivaji Maharaj on Facebook. Their vehicles, shops should be damaged. They should not be allowed to do any business in the area. There should be terror of HRS in Hadapsar.”

A lot has transpired since the fateful incident to this unfortunate acquittal today. Three accused: Vijay Gambhire, Ganesh Yadav and Ajay Lalge, were granted bail in 2017 after a controversial reasoning was given by a Bombay High Court judge while granting the same. While granting of bail in criminal cases is not uncommon, the grounds for the grant of the bail is what makes this case stand apart. While pinning the blame on the religious identity of the victim, Justice Mridula Bhatkar had infamously said, “The accused had no other motive such as personal enmity against the innocent deceased…[his] fault was only that he belonged to another religion. I consider this factor in favour of the accused... it appears that in the name of religion they were provoked and have committed the murder.”

In February 2018, however, the Supreme Court, unhappy with Justice Bhatkar’s remarks, cancelled the bail granted to the accused. A bench of Justices S.A. Bobde and L. Nageswara Rao further cautioned courts against passing observations “which may appear to be coloured with a bias for or against a community”. The top court maintained that courts must be “fully conscious of the plural composition of the country” and hence abide by their duty to objectively decide the rights of different groups.

By 2018, all accused, except Dhananjay Desai were out on bail.

Further, when Ujjwal Nikam was appointed as Special public prosecutor in the case at the victim's family, the appointment was soon cancelled. The reasons for  the same were never revealed and Nikam himself refused to comment on the same. 

Then Chief Minister, Prithviraj Chavan provided Rs 5 Lakh compensation to the family and had even promised a government job to Mohsin’s brother which never materialized. Later, in 2018, his family was given Rs. 10 lakh compensation through a government resolution, after Mohsin’s father had filed a PIL in Bombay High Court

Waiting for ‘justice’ in the case, Mohsin’s father, Mohammed Sadiq Shaikh died in 2018 owing to heart failure.

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Chhattisgarh: 1,100 Christians converted to Hinduism in “ghar wapsi” ceremony, by BJP Sec

The Chhattisgarh state secretary is known to conduct such ‘homecoming’ ceremonies across the state

25 Jan 2023

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Chhattisgarh BJP’s state Secretary, Prabal Pratap Singh Judev conducted “ghar wapsi” of over 1,100 persons in Basna and tweeted about it on Tuesday. He washed, with Gangajal, the feet of 1,100 Christians (believed to be converted from Hinduism) who returned to Hinduism.

Local news reports quoted the converts as saying that they had strayed away from Hinduism and had accepted Christianity but they have returned now that they have realised their mistake. Kathavachak Pandit Himanshu Krishna Maharaj administered the oath.

 

 

“It is a bigger and more important task to save Hindus and stop them from converting to other faiths. Whenever Hindus have been divided, the Hindu population has declined. Let us respect our ancestors. Hindutva is a symbol of nationalism, so let us join hands to create a Hindu Rashtra”, Prabal Pratap further said, as reported by Hindupost.

Judev has been carrying out such ‘ghar wapsi’ campaigns throughout the state. In March last year, he converted 1,250 people in Mahasamund district to Hinduism. Judev aims to continue the “ghar wapsi” campaign indefinitely until every person who has been a “victim of conversion” returns to “Sanatan Dharma”.

 

 

As per a Zee News report, in 10 years he has converted 15,000 people to Hinduism.

Here is a tabular representation of conversion to Hinduism touted as “ghar wapsi”, that has been reported in the media over the years:

S. No.

States

Year

Incidents

1.

West Bengal

2015

 

 

 

2018

“Ghar Wapsi”: At least 50 people from both Christian and Muslim communities were “re-converted” to Hinduism during the Virat Hindu Sammelan, justifies action saying conversion is service to Hindu samaj[1]

An Organisation called Hindu sanhati, led by Tapan Ghosh, organized “ghar wapsi” with 16 members of a Muslim family, who had “been re-converted to Hinduism”, being showcased on the dais of rightwing outfit Hindu Samhati.[2]

2.

Gujarat

2020

 

 

2021

 

 

144 tribal Hindus who converted to Christianity many years ago converted back to Hinduism in Dang district, Gujarat by the Agniveer organisation.[3]

21 families of Dharampur and Kaprada talukas reverted to Hinduism from Christianity in a program organized by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad in Vapi.[4]

3.

Andhra Pradesh

2019

The local cell of the Hindu nationalist party converts about 500 Christians back to Christianity in Andhra Pradesh, and convinced them to take an oath to the Hindu religion and to promise not to go to church anymore[5]

4.

Tripura

2019

98 Christian tribals ‘forced’ to reconvert to Hinduism by the VHP in Tripura[6]

5.

Kerala

2015

 

 

2015

About 30 Christian tribals were reportedly converted to Hinduism at an event organised by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) in Alappuzha.[7] 

35 people converted to Hinduism in Kottayam district. They were Dalit families who had converted to Christianity a few generations back.[8]

6.

Uttar Pradesh

2014

In 2014, 57 Muslim families with more than 200 members converted to Hinduism in Agra.[9]

 

So much is the desperation to force converts back to Hinduism, that in Remawand village of Narayanpur district in Chhattisgarh a dead woman was converted to Hinduism before her last rites could be performed.

The “ghar wapsi” discourse does not find its place in the spectrum and scope of the anti-conversion laws. With several states enacting or modifying the already existing anti-conversion laws to make them more stringent, all of them have made conversion by marriage an offence, if not intimated to the administration. While the debate on violation of multiple rights is a separate one, the point to focus on in this case, is that even if conversion to other religions is punishable offence, conversion to Hinduism is not. Since “ghar wapsi” is such an ego boosting mega event for “Sanatani” Hindus, these BJP ruled states have specifically mentioned in their laws that no restrictions of religious conversion applied to those who are returning to Hinduism.

This is one of the points of contention raised by Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP) in the two petitions filed before the Supreme Court which is due for hearing on January 30. CJP, in its two petitions has challenged the following laws:

  1. Chhattisgarh Dharma Swantantraya Adhiniyam [Freedom of Religion] Act, 1968 (as amended by the Chhattisgarh Freedom of Religion (Amendment) Act, 2006)
  2. Gujarat Freedom of Religion Act, 2003 (as amended by the Gujarat Freedom of Religion (Amendment) Act, 2021)
  3. The Haryana Prevention of Unlawful Conversion of Religion Act, 2022
  4. Jharkhand Freedom of Religion Act, 2017, along with the Jharkhand Freedom of Religion Rules, 2017
  5. Karnataka Protection of Freedom of Religion Act, 2022
  6. Uttarakhand Freedom of Religion Act, 2018
  7. Uttar Pradesh Prohibition of Unlawful Conversion of Religion Act, 2021
  8. Madhya Pradesh Freedom of Religion Act, 2021
  9. Himachal Pradesh Freedom of Religion Act, 2019

 


Chhattisgarh: 1,100 Christians converted to Hinduism in “ghar wapsi” ceremony, by BJP Sec

The Chhattisgarh state secretary is known to conduct such ‘homecoming’ ceremonies across the state

conversion

Chhattisgarh BJP’s state Secretary, Prabal Pratap Singh Judev conducted “ghar wapsi” of over 1,100 persons in Basna and tweeted about it on Tuesday. He washed, with Gangajal, the feet of 1,100 Christians (believed to be converted from Hinduism) who returned to Hinduism.

Local news reports quoted the converts as saying that they had strayed away from Hinduism and had accepted Christianity but they have returned now that they have realised their mistake. Kathavachak Pandit Himanshu Krishna Maharaj administered the oath.

 

 

“It is a bigger and more important task to save Hindus and stop them from converting to other faiths. Whenever Hindus have been divided, the Hindu population has declined. Let us respect our ancestors. Hindutva is a symbol of nationalism, so let us join hands to create a Hindu Rashtra”, Prabal Pratap further said, as reported by Hindupost.

Judev has been carrying out such ‘ghar wapsi’ campaigns throughout the state. In March last year, he converted 1,250 people in Mahasamund district to Hinduism. Judev aims to continue the “ghar wapsi” campaign indefinitely until every person who has been a “victim of conversion” returns to “Sanatan Dharma”.

 

 

As per a Zee News report, in 10 years he has converted 15,000 people to Hinduism.

Here is a tabular representation of conversion to Hinduism touted as “ghar wapsi”, that has been reported in the media over the years:

S. No.

States

Year

Incidents

1.

West Bengal

2015

 

 

 

2018

“Ghar Wapsi”: At least 50 people from both Christian and Muslim communities were “re-converted” to Hinduism during the Virat Hindu Sammelan, justifies action saying conversion is service to Hindu samaj[1]

An Organisation called Hindu sanhati, led by Tapan Ghosh, organized “ghar wapsi” with 16 members of a Muslim family, who had “been re-converted to Hinduism”, being showcased on the dais of rightwing outfit Hindu Samhati.[2]

2.

Gujarat

2020

 

 

2021

 

 

144 tribal Hindus who converted to Christianity many years ago converted back to Hinduism in Dang district, Gujarat by the Agniveer organisation.[3]

21 families of Dharampur and Kaprada talukas reverted to Hinduism from Christianity in a program organized by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad in Vapi.[4]

3.

Andhra Pradesh

2019

The local cell of the Hindu nationalist party converts about 500 Christians back to Christianity in Andhra Pradesh, and convinced them to take an oath to the Hindu religion and to promise not to go to church anymore[5]

4.

Tripura

2019

98 Christian tribals ‘forced’ to reconvert to Hinduism by the VHP in Tripura[6]

5.

Kerala

2015

 

 

2015

About 30 Christian tribals were reportedly converted to Hinduism at an event organised by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) in Alappuzha.[7] 

35 people converted to Hinduism in Kottayam district. They were Dalit families who had converted to Christianity a few generations back.[8]

6.

Uttar Pradesh

2014

In 2014, 57 Muslim families with more than 200 members converted to Hinduism in Agra.[9]

 

So much is the desperation to force converts back to Hinduism, that in Remawand village of Narayanpur district in Chhattisgarh a dead woman was converted to Hinduism before her last rites could be performed.

The “ghar wapsi” discourse does not find its place in the spectrum and scope of the anti-conversion laws. With several states enacting or modifying the already existing anti-conversion laws to make them more stringent, all of them have made conversion by marriage an offence, if not intimated to the administration. While the debate on violation of multiple rights is a separate one, the point to focus on in this case, is that even if conversion to other religions is punishable offence, conversion to Hinduism is not. Since “ghar wapsi” is such an ego boosting mega event for “Sanatani” Hindus, these BJP ruled states have specifically mentioned in their laws that no restrictions of religious conversion applied to those who are returning to Hinduism.

This is one of the points of contention raised by Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP) in the two petitions filed before the Supreme Court which is due for hearing on January 30. CJP, in its two petitions has challenged the following laws:

  1. Chhattisgarh Dharma Swantantraya Adhiniyam [Freedom of Religion] Act, 1968 (as amended by the Chhattisgarh Freedom of Religion (Amendment) Act, 2006)
  2. Gujarat Freedom of Religion Act, 2003 (as amended by the Gujarat Freedom of Religion (Amendment) Act, 2021)
  3. The Haryana Prevention of Unlawful Conversion of Religion Act, 2022
  4. Jharkhand Freedom of Religion Act, 2017, along with the Jharkhand Freedom of Religion Rules, 2017
  5. Karnataka Protection of Freedom of Religion Act, 2022
  6. Uttarakhand Freedom of Religion Act, 2018
  7. Uttar Pradesh Prohibition of Unlawful Conversion of Religion Act, 2021
  8. Madhya Pradesh Freedom of Religion Act, 2021
  9. Himachal Pradesh Freedom of Religion Act, 2019

 


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21 years later, 14 acquitted for murder in one of the many 2002 Gujarat riots cases

They were accused of killing and burning bodies of 17 Muslims in one of the many incidents of widespread violence in Gujarat in 2002, in the aftermath of the burning of a coach of the Sabarmati Express at Godhra

25 Jan 2023

Gujarat Riots

A court in Halol, of Gujarat’s Panchmahal district has acquitted 14 accused for murder and rioting, during the Gujarat pogrom of 2002, owing to prosecution’s failure to prove the case. The Additional Sessions Judge Harsh Balkrishna Trivedi held that in absence of ‘corpus delicti’ or concrete evidence such as a corpse, the accused were being acquitted. Out of the 22 accused, 8 had died during pendency of trial. They were accused of murdering 17 Muslims including 2 children. The accused had been out on bail anyway since 2004, after Gujarat high Court granted them bail. They were arrested in 2004 itself.

The FIR in the case was lodged in December 2003, pointing towards the questionable approach of Gujarat police. Over 100 witnesses were examined and many of them had turned hostile.

The court noted that it is a “general rule not to convict anybody unless Corpus delicti can be established.” The forensic report of January 7, 2004 had stated that DNA profiling could not be done of completely charred bone pieces which were alleged to belong to the missing persons. The court held that in such a situation, the rule of corpus delicti is to be considered automatically.

The basis of the acquittal being, that the prosecution was unable to prove the place of the crime. Further, the bodily remains were also not recovered for the alleged place of crime. The court also noted the prosecution failed to establish beyond doubt the presence of the accused at the site of the offence or their specific role in the crime, failed to recover the alleged weapons used for the crime from the accused, and that there was no inflammable substance found at the suspected site of crime, reported Indian Express.

The case related to a relief camp in Kalol where many Muslim had sought refuge after fleeing from Delol village. They alleged that several of their family members were missing. Another person from the relief camp said that 18 Muslims from his village were also missing. During investigation charred bones were found and there were many witnesses who identified about 20 accused and testified that they saw the accused murdering their family members with swords and axes. The weapons were never recovered. The chargesheet was filed in 2004.

The accused include: Mukesh Bharvad, Killol Jani, Ashokbhai Patel, Niravkumar Patel, Yogeshkumar Patel, Dilipsinh Gohil, Dilipkumar Bhatt, Nasibdar Rathod, Alkeshkumar Vyas, Narendrakumar Kachhiya, Jinabhai Rathod, Akshaykumar Shah, Kiritbhai Joshi and Sureshbhai Patel.

This incident allegedly took place on March 1, 2002 whereby 17 were killed by a mob and their bodies were burnt in order to destroy evidence. In this case it clearly served the purpose.


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21 years later, 14 acquitted for murder in one of the many 2002 Gujarat riots cases

They were accused of killing and burning bodies of 17 Muslims in one of the many incidents of widespread violence in Gujarat in 2002, in the aftermath of the burning of a coach of the Sabarmati Express at Godhra

Gujarat Riots

A court in Halol, of Gujarat’s Panchmahal district has acquitted 14 accused for murder and rioting, during the Gujarat pogrom of 2002, owing to prosecution’s failure to prove the case. The Additional Sessions Judge Harsh Balkrishna Trivedi held that in absence of ‘corpus delicti’ or concrete evidence such as a corpse, the accused were being acquitted. Out of the 22 accused, 8 had died during pendency of trial. They were accused of murdering 17 Muslims including 2 children. The accused had been out on bail anyway since 2004, after Gujarat high Court granted them bail. They were arrested in 2004 itself.

The FIR in the case was lodged in December 2003, pointing towards the questionable approach of Gujarat police. Over 100 witnesses were examined and many of them had turned hostile.

The court noted that it is a “general rule not to convict anybody unless Corpus delicti can be established.” The forensic report of January 7, 2004 had stated that DNA profiling could not be done of completely charred bone pieces which were alleged to belong to the missing persons. The court held that in such a situation, the rule of corpus delicti is to be considered automatically.

The basis of the acquittal being, that the prosecution was unable to prove the place of the crime. Further, the bodily remains were also not recovered for the alleged place of crime. The court also noted the prosecution failed to establish beyond doubt the presence of the accused at the site of the offence or their specific role in the crime, failed to recover the alleged weapons used for the crime from the accused, and that there was no inflammable substance found at the suspected site of crime, reported Indian Express.

The case related to a relief camp in Kalol where many Muslim had sought refuge after fleeing from Delol village. They alleged that several of their family members were missing. Another person from the relief camp said that 18 Muslims from his village were also missing. During investigation charred bones were found and there were many witnesses who identified about 20 accused and testified that they saw the accused murdering their family members with swords and axes. The weapons were never recovered. The chargesheet was filed in 2004.

The accused include: Mukesh Bharvad, Killol Jani, Ashokbhai Patel, Niravkumar Patel, Yogeshkumar Patel, Dilipsinh Gohil, Dilipkumar Bhatt, Nasibdar Rathod, Alkeshkumar Vyas, Narendrakumar Kachhiya, Jinabhai Rathod, Akshaykumar Shah, Kiritbhai Joshi and Sureshbhai Patel.

This incident allegedly took place on March 1, 2002 whereby 17 were killed by a mob and their bodies were burnt in order to destroy evidence. In this case it clearly served the purpose.


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Marching through a Muslim dominated area, a mob raises provocative and communal slogans

Halting outside a mosque, the mob chanted: Say Vande Mataram if you have to live in India

24 Jan 2023

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A video has been gaining attention on the social media recently, where allegedly a Hindu far-right mob marched through a Muslim dominated area and raised provocative and threatening slogans. The incident has been reported from Mandsaur, Madhya Pradesh. In the video, almost 100 bikes can be seen travelling in a group with a song playing in the background. The mob can also be heard singing and chanting the lyrics of a song which refers to the supremacy of Hindus in the “Hindu-rashtra”.

The mob then stops outside a mosque and shouts: “Hindustan mai rehna hoga vande matram kehna hoga (Say Vande Mataram if you have to live in India).” As the mob is shouting and chanting this song outside the mosque, Muslims women and children can be seen crossing the mosque and looking at the mob. This incident is just another example of the growing prejudicial and anti-Muslim environment of the new India.

The video can be viewed here:

 

 

 

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Marching through a Muslim dominated area, a mob raises provocative and communal slogans

Halting outside a mosque, the mob chanted: Say Vande Mataram if you have to live in India

Screenshot
Image: Screenshot

A video has been gaining attention on the social media recently, where allegedly a Hindu far-right mob marched through a Muslim dominated area and raised provocative and threatening slogans. The incident has been reported from Mandsaur, Madhya Pradesh. In the video, almost 100 bikes can be seen travelling in a group with a song playing in the background. The mob can also be heard singing and chanting the lyrics of a song which refers to the supremacy of Hindus in the “Hindu-rashtra”.

The mob then stops outside a mosque and shouts: “Hindustan mai rehna hoga vande matram kehna hoga (Say Vande Mataram if you have to live in India).” As the mob is shouting and chanting this song outside the mosque, Muslims women and children can be seen crossing the mosque and looking at the mob. This incident is just another example of the growing prejudicial and anti-Muslim environment of the new India.

The video can be viewed here:

 

 

 

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Maharashtra: At Shaurya Path Sanchalan event, Shankar Gaikar makes anti-Muslim statements

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Who is to be blamed for the consistently low Muslim representation in the police force?

Since the year 2013, no new NCRB data has been provided to shed light on the current Muslim personnel present in our police force

24 Jan 2023

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A video has been doing the rounds on social media, wherein light has been shed upon the issue of lack of Muslims found in the police force. The video quotes the data presented by the NCRB in the year 2010, detailing Muslim representation in the police force of India. Here is a table from the report that shows SC, ST and Muslim representation in the Police Force in 2010:

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The video highlights that, based on the data provided by the above-mentioned table, the total number of police personnel present in the force in the year 2010 were 1580311. Out of these, the total Muslim police personnel were only 109262, which formed only a 6.91% of the total police force. Jammu and Kashmir accounted for a majority of these Muslim police personnel, as 44457 out of the total 109262 Muslim police force were found there only. hence, if we took out the Muslim police force of Jammu and Kashmir, only 64805 Muslim individuals were a part of the police force, which formed a mere 4.31% of the total police force.

The video then reports the news article published by the print in November 2021, which had analysed the Tata Trusts’ study named ‘India Justice Report.’ The said report, published in October 2019, provided that the Muslim representation in Indian police has “remained consistently low” at 3 to 4 per cent. The report also provided that since 2013, the National Crimes Records Bureau annual report has ceased reporting the level of Muslim representation in the police.

The video then states that from the data provided above, it can be fairly deduced that the number of Muslims present in the police force is almost equivalent to zero.

The video can be viewed here:

 

 

The Sachar Committee report of November, 2006 had also pointed to the poor representation of Muslims in various government services and recommended having Muslim officers at top positions in police stations as a way to build confidence among the population which may have a high concentration of Muslims.

While government statistics were not available, the People's Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) had had raised concerns over the abysmal representation of minority communities in the city's police force following the death of two Muslims in the police firing at an anti- Citizenship (Amendment) Act protests in Mangaluru on December 19, 2020.

As per the data provided, published on On Manorama, which had been sourced from the Mangaluru City Police (MCP) website, it was depicted that 605 personnel work in 15 police stations (Law and Order). No Muslim or Christian figured in seven key positions – one Commissioner, two Deputy Commissioners and four Assistant Commissioners – in the force. Of the remaining 598 positions, 575 posts, or 95.37%, had been occupied by the members of the Hindu community. These included inspectors, sub-inspectors, assistant sub-inspectors and constables. The city police force had just 14 Muslims and 9 Christians. This constituted just 3.47% of the force's total strength. According to the census of 2011, the two communities form 35% of Mangaluru's population (Muslims form 23.85%, Christians 11.14%).

De-sensitized police force

A direct issue which is attached to the police force being limited to the Hindu upper caste is that a deep-rooted bias remains within our police force against India’s religious minorities. A study presented by the Common Cause- Centre for the study of developing societies (CSDS), Lokneeti had revealed disturbing prejudices of police personnel towards Muslims on the question of committing violence. The study has also highlighted the prejudicial attitudes in the incidents of mob violence. The idea behind the study titled ‘Status of Policing in India Report 2019’, was to “offer policy-oriented insights into the conditions in which Indian police works.”

The report highlights a disturbingly evident bias in attitudes towards Muslims as a community when it came to the question of committing crimes. It observed, “When we looked at what the police personnel think about various communities, the data indicated a significant bias against Muslims. However, no such prejudices were reported against people from SC or ST communities. About half of the police personnel reported that Muslims are likely to be naturally prone towards committing violence (‘very much’ and ‘somewhat’ combined). We observed similar trend in the reverse direction as well, with a smaller number of police personnel likely to report that Muslims are less likely to be naturally prone at committing violence as compared to people from various caste-groups”.

A deeper analysis of the said report can be read here.
 

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Who is to be blamed for the consistently low Muslim representation in the police force?

Since the year 2013, no new NCRB data has been provided to shed light on the current Muslim personnel present in our police force

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A video has been doing the rounds on social media, wherein light has been shed upon the issue of lack of Muslims found in the police force. The video quotes the data presented by the NCRB in the year 2010, detailing Muslim representation in the police force of India. Here is a table from the report that shows SC, ST and Muslim representation in the Police Force in 2010:

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The video highlights that, based on the data provided by the above-mentioned table, the total number of police personnel present in the force in the year 2010 were 1580311. Out of these, the total Muslim police personnel were only 109262, which formed only a 6.91% of the total police force. Jammu and Kashmir accounted for a majority of these Muslim police personnel, as 44457 out of the total 109262 Muslim police force were found there only. hence, if we took out the Muslim police force of Jammu and Kashmir, only 64805 Muslim individuals were a part of the police force, which formed a mere 4.31% of the total police force.

The video then reports the news article published by the print in November 2021, which had analysed the Tata Trusts’ study named ‘India Justice Report.’ The said report, published in October 2019, provided that the Muslim representation in Indian police has “remained consistently low” at 3 to 4 per cent. The report also provided that since 2013, the National Crimes Records Bureau annual report has ceased reporting the level of Muslim representation in the police.

The video then states that from the data provided above, it can be fairly deduced that the number of Muslims present in the police force is almost equivalent to zero.

The video can be viewed here:

 

 

The Sachar Committee report of November, 2006 had also pointed to the poor representation of Muslims in various government services and recommended having Muslim officers at top positions in police stations as a way to build confidence among the population which may have a high concentration of Muslims.

While government statistics were not available, the People's Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) had had raised concerns over the abysmal representation of minority communities in the city's police force following the death of two Muslims in the police firing at an anti- Citizenship (Amendment) Act protests in Mangaluru on December 19, 2020.

As per the data provided, published on On Manorama, which had been sourced from the Mangaluru City Police (MCP) website, it was depicted that 605 personnel work in 15 police stations (Law and Order). No Muslim or Christian figured in seven key positions – one Commissioner, two Deputy Commissioners and four Assistant Commissioners – in the force. Of the remaining 598 positions, 575 posts, or 95.37%, had been occupied by the members of the Hindu community. These included inspectors, sub-inspectors, assistant sub-inspectors and constables. The city police force had just 14 Muslims and 9 Christians. This constituted just 3.47% of the force's total strength. According to the census of 2011, the two communities form 35% of Mangaluru's population (Muslims form 23.85%, Christians 11.14%).

De-sensitized police force

A direct issue which is attached to the police force being limited to the Hindu upper caste is that a deep-rooted bias remains within our police force against India’s religious minorities. A study presented by the Common Cause- Centre for the study of developing societies (CSDS), Lokneeti had revealed disturbing prejudices of police personnel towards Muslims on the question of committing violence. The study has also highlighted the prejudicial attitudes in the incidents of mob violence. The idea behind the study titled ‘Status of Policing in India Report 2019’, was to “offer policy-oriented insights into the conditions in which Indian police works.”

The report highlights a disturbingly evident bias in attitudes towards Muslims as a community when it came to the question of committing crimes. It observed, “When we looked at what the police personnel think about various communities, the data indicated a significant bias against Muslims. However, no such prejudices were reported against people from SC or ST communities. About half of the police personnel reported that Muslims are likely to be naturally prone towards committing violence (‘very much’ and ‘somewhat’ combined). We observed similar trend in the reverse direction as well, with a smaller number of police personnel likely to report that Muslims are less likely to be naturally prone at committing violence as compared to people from various caste-groups”.

A deeper analysis of the said report can be read here.
 

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Bilkis Bano’s plea against remission to convicts could not be heard in SC

Bilkis Bano was 21 years old and five months pregnant when she was gang-raped while fleeing the riots that broke out after the Godhra train burning incident. Her three-year-old daughter was among the seven family members killed.

24 Jan 2023

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New Delhi: The hearing on Bilkis Bano’s plea challenging the remission of sentence of 11 convicts in the gang-rape case by the Gujarat government, could not be held in the Supreme Court on Tuesday as the judges concerned were hearing a matter related to passive euthanasia as part of a five-judge Constitution bench.

The petition of Bilkis Bano, who was gang-raped and seven members of her family slaughtered during the 2002 Gujarat riots, was scheduled to be heard on Tuesday by a bench of Justices Ajay Rastogi and CT Ravikumar.

However, Justices Rastogi and Ravikumar were busy hearing, as part of a Constitution bench headed by Justice K M Joseph, the pleas seeking modification of guidelines on execution of a “Living Will or Advance Medical Directive” for permitting passive euthanasia.

A fresh date for hearing will now be notified by the apex court registry..

Bilkis Bano had moved the apex court on November 30, 2022 challenging the grant of remission of sentence to 11 convicts by the state government, saying their premature release has “shaken the conscience of society”.

Besides the plea challenging the release of the convicts, the gang-rape survivor had also filed a separate petition seeking a review of the apex court’s May 13, 2022 order on a plea by a convict.

In its May 13, 2021 order, the apex court had asked the state government to consider the plea of a convict for premature release in terms of its policy of July 9, 1992 which was applicable on the date of conviction and decide it within a period of two months.

All the 11 convicts were granted remission by the Gujarat government and released on August 15 last year.

Her review plea, however, was dismissed by the top court in December last year.

The victim, in her pending plea, said the state government passed a “mechanical order” completely ignoring the requirement of law as laid down by the Supreme Court.

“The enmasse premature release of the convicts in the much talked about case of Bilkis Bano, has shaken the conscience of the society and resulted in a number of agitations across the country,” she said in the plea.

Referring to past verdicts, the plea said enmasse remissions are not permissible and, moreover, such a relief cannot be sought or granted as a matter of right without examining the case of each convict individually based on their peculiar facts and role played by them in the crime.

“The present writ petition challenging the decision of the State/ Central Government granting remission to all the 11 convicts and releasing them prematurely in one of the most gruesome crimes of extreme inhuman violence and brutality by a group of human beings upon another group of human beings, all helpless and innocent people – most of them were either women or minors, by chasing them for days together persuaded by hate towards a particular community,” it said.

The plea, which gave minute details of the crime, said Bilkis and her grown up daughters were “shell-shocked with this sudden development”.

The decision of the government came as a shock to the citizens, nationally and internationally, and the society across segments showed “anger, disappointment, distrust” and protested the clemency shown by the government.

“When the nation was celebrating its 76th Independence Day, all the convicts were released prematurely and were garlanded and felicitated in full public glare and sweets were circulated and this is how the present petitioner along with the entire nation and the whole world came to know about the shocking news of premature release of all the convicts (respondents no. 3-13) of one of the most gruesome crime this country has ever seen of multiple time gang rape of a pregnant woman,” it said.

It referred to wide-virtual public protest in each city, on all social media platforms and news channels, portals.

“It was also reported heavily that Muslims of the area started fleeing away from Rahimabad in fear after release of these 11 convicts,” the plea said.

The top court is already seized of PILs filed by CPI(M) leader Subhashini Ali, Revati Laul, an independent journalist, Roop Rekha Verma, who is a former vice chancellor of the Lucknow University, and TMC MP Mahua Moitra against the release of the convicts.

Bilkis Bano was 21 years old and five months pregnant when she was gang-raped while fleeing the riots that broke out after the Godhra train burning incident. Her three-year-old daughter was among the seven family members killed.

The investigation in the case was handed over to the CBI and the trial was transferred to a Maharashtra court by the Supreme Court.

A special CBI court in Mumbai had on January 21, 2008 sentenced the 11 to life imprisonment on charges of gang-rape of Bilkis Bano and murder of seven members of her family.

Their conviction was later upheld by the Bombay High Court and the Supreme Court.

The 11 men convicted in the case walked out of the Godhra sub-jail on August 15 after the Gujarat government allowed their release under its remission policy. They had completed more than 15 years in jail.

Courtesy: The Daily Siasat

Bilkis Bano’s plea against remission to convicts could not be heard in SC

Bilkis Bano was 21 years old and five months pregnant when she was gang-raped while fleeing the riots that broke out after the Godhra train burning incident. Her three-year-old daughter was among the seven family members killed.

Bilkis bano

New Delhi: The hearing on Bilkis Bano’s plea challenging the remission of sentence of 11 convicts in the gang-rape case by the Gujarat government, could not be held in the Supreme Court on Tuesday as the judges concerned were hearing a matter related to passive euthanasia as part of a five-judge Constitution bench.

The petition of Bilkis Bano, who was gang-raped and seven members of her family slaughtered during the 2002 Gujarat riots, was scheduled to be heard on Tuesday by a bench of Justices Ajay Rastogi and CT Ravikumar.

However, Justices Rastogi and Ravikumar were busy hearing, as part of a Constitution bench headed by Justice K M Joseph, the pleas seeking modification of guidelines on execution of a “Living Will or Advance Medical Directive” for permitting passive euthanasia.

A fresh date for hearing will now be notified by the apex court registry..

Bilkis Bano had moved the apex court on November 30, 2022 challenging the grant of remission of sentence to 11 convicts by the state government, saying their premature release has “shaken the conscience of society”.

Besides the plea challenging the release of the convicts, the gang-rape survivor had also filed a separate petition seeking a review of the apex court’s May 13, 2022 order on a plea by a convict.

In its May 13, 2021 order, the apex court had asked the state government to consider the plea of a convict for premature release in terms of its policy of July 9, 1992 which was applicable on the date of conviction and decide it within a period of two months.

All the 11 convicts were granted remission by the Gujarat government and released on August 15 last year.

Her review plea, however, was dismissed by the top court in December last year.

The victim, in her pending plea, said the state government passed a “mechanical order” completely ignoring the requirement of law as laid down by the Supreme Court.

“The enmasse premature release of the convicts in the much talked about case of Bilkis Bano, has shaken the conscience of the society and resulted in a number of agitations across the country,” she said in the plea.

Referring to past verdicts, the plea said enmasse remissions are not permissible and, moreover, such a relief cannot be sought or granted as a matter of right without examining the case of each convict individually based on their peculiar facts and role played by them in the crime.

“The present writ petition challenging the decision of the State/ Central Government granting remission to all the 11 convicts and releasing them prematurely in one of the most gruesome crimes of extreme inhuman violence and brutality by a group of human beings upon another group of human beings, all helpless and innocent people – most of them were either women or minors, by chasing them for days together persuaded by hate towards a particular community,” it said.

The plea, which gave minute details of the crime, said Bilkis and her grown up daughters were “shell-shocked with this sudden development”.

The decision of the government came as a shock to the citizens, nationally and internationally, and the society across segments showed “anger, disappointment, distrust” and protested the clemency shown by the government.

“When the nation was celebrating its 76th Independence Day, all the convicts were released prematurely and were garlanded and felicitated in full public glare and sweets were circulated and this is how the present petitioner along with the entire nation and the whole world came to know about the shocking news of premature release of all the convicts (respondents no. 3-13) of one of the most gruesome crime this country has ever seen of multiple time gang rape of a pregnant woman,” it said.

It referred to wide-virtual public protest in each city, on all social media platforms and news channels, portals.

“It was also reported heavily that Muslims of the area started fleeing away from Rahimabad in fear after release of these 11 convicts,” the plea said.

The top court is already seized of PILs filed by CPI(M) leader Subhashini Ali, Revati Laul, an independent journalist, Roop Rekha Verma, who is a former vice chancellor of the Lucknow University, and TMC MP Mahua Moitra against the release of the convicts.

Bilkis Bano was 21 years old and five months pregnant when she was gang-raped while fleeing the riots that broke out after the Godhra train burning incident. Her three-year-old daughter was among the seven family members killed.

The investigation in the case was handed over to the CBI and the trial was transferred to a Maharashtra court by the Supreme Court.

A special CBI court in Mumbai had on January 21, 2008 sentenced the 11 to life imprisonment on charges of gang-rape of Bilkis Bano and murder of seven members of her family.

Their conviction was later upheld by the Bombay High Court and the Supreme Court.

The 11 men convicted in the case walked out of the Godhra sub-jail on August 15 after the Gujarat government allowed their release under its remission policy. They had completed more than 15 years in jail.

Courtesy: The Daily Siasat

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Bihar: Christian man beaten up on allegation of forced conversion

The words of  the man speaking from behind the camera makes it clear that the attackers were hardliners attacking a man for “insulting” and “converting” Lord Ram.

23 Jan 2023

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A video has surfaced online that shows a man being manhandled and beaten up by a few men amidst a field. As per Twitter account called @HateDetector, this video is from Jandaha in Vaishali, Bihar where these men are Bajrang Dal members beating up a Christian man over allegations of religious conversion

A man can be heard saying, “whoever plays around (insults) our Ram, we will destroy him. Whoever tries to convert our Ram, we won’t spare him.” When an elderly woman tried to intervene, to stop the vigilantes from beating up the man, the man, presumably behind the camera, said, “this woman is intruding, hit her first.” She was pushed around. She kept begging them to not beat up the innocent man.

The man is seen being dragged around, his sweater being pulled out, while the two women try their best to protect him, begging for mercy.

 

 

To find out whether such claims of forcible conversions are in fact true, Citizens for Justice and Peace carried out extensive research. Hinduism saw the largest increase in new converts, according to statistics collected by The New Indian Express collated from government gazettes that contain official figures for the year 2020. Hinduism, says this analysis, was “adopted” by 47% of those who converted to a different religion in Kerala during the referred year. 241 of the 506 people who reported their change of religion with the government were Christians or Muslims who converted to Hinduism. Islam attracted 144 converts overall, compared to 119 converts to Christianity.

The majority of Dalit Christians, or Christian Cheramars, Christian Sambavas, and Christian Pulayas, made up 72% of the new Hindu converts. It was clear that the absence of quota and reservation advantages had led to the re-admittance of Hinduism by many Dalit Christians. Christianity lost 242 believers to the other two religions and attracted only 119 persons. Islam gained 144 new believers and lost 40 during the period. Buddhism received two new believers who switched from Hinduism.

In 2022, as many as 302 attacks against Christians reportedly took place in the first seven months, according to the United Christian Forum (UCF), which has collected data on the basis of distress calls it received on its helpline numbers. UCF’s data shows that the state of Uttar Pradesh has reported over 80 such instances – the highest – followed by Chhattisgarh, which reported 60 such cases.

CJP’s detailed analysis may be read here.

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Bihar: Christian man beaten up on allegation of forced conversion

The words of  the man speaking from behind the camera makes it clear that the attackers were hardliners attacking a man for “insulting” and “converting” Lord Ram.

attack on christians

A video has surfaced online that shows a man being manhandled and beaten up by a few men amidst a field. As per Twitter account called @HateDetector, this video is from Jandaha in Vaishali, Bihar where these men are Bajrang Dal members beating up a Christian man over allegations of religious conversion

A man can be heard saying, “whoever plays around (insults) our Ram, we will destroy him. Whoever tries to convert our Ram, we won’t spare him.” When an elderly woman tried to intervene, to stop the vigilantes from beating up the man, the man, presumably behind the camera, said, “this woman is intruding, hit her first.” She was pushed around. She kept begging them to not beat up the innocent man.

The man is seen being dragged around, his sweater being pulled out, while the two women try their best to protect him, begging for mercy.

 

 

To find out whether such claims of forcible conversions are in fact true, Citizens for Justice and Peace carried out extensive research. Hinduism saw the largest increase in new converts, according to statistics collected by The New Indian Express collated from government gazettes that contain official figures for the year 2020. Hinduism, says this analysis, was “adopted” by 47% of those who converted to a different religion in Kerala during the referred year. 241 of the 506 people who reported their change of religion with the government were Christians or Muslims who converted to Hinduism. Islam attracted 144 converts overall, compared to 119 converts to Christianity.

The majority of Dalit Christians, or Christian Cheramars, Christian Sambavas, and Christian Pulayas, made up 72% of the new Hindu converts. It was clear that the absence of quota and reservation advantages had led to the re-admittance of Hinduism by many Dalit Christians. Christianity lost 242 believers to the other two religions and attracted only 119 persons. Islam gained 144 new believers and lost 40 during the period. Buddhism received two new believers who switched from Hinduism.

In 2022, as many as 302 attacks against Christians reportedly took place in the first seven months, according to the United Christian Forum (UCF), which has collected data on the basis of distress calls it received on its helpline numbers. UCF’s data shows that the state of Uttar Pradesh has reported over 80 such instances – the highest – followed by Chhattisgarh, which reported 60 such cases.

CJP’s detailed analysis may be read here.

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Court orders 12 UP cops to be booked for murder of farmer: Cow Vigilantism

The order of the chief judicial magistrate directing registering of a case followed directions by the Allahabad High Court for early decision in the case

23 Jan 2023

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AGRA: As many as twelve police personnel, including three sub-inspectors, were booked on January 22 for the ‘murder’ (section 302, Indian Penal Code-IPC) of 42-year-old farmer Zeeshan Haider, earlier accused of “cow slaughter”. This was following an order of the court of the chief judicial magistrate in Saharanpur, on a petition filed by Haider’s wife Afroz Begum, ordering the Deoband SHO to “register a case under relevant sections and provide a copy of it to the court within 24 hours” reported The Times of India.

The incident dates back to September 2021 when Haider’s wife had alleged that the local police had simply picked up her husband from their house and killed him.

The police in a contradictory version, had stated that following a “tip-off” of cow slaughter, they raided an area in a forest where Haider and a few others were found with “country made pistols”. “They fired at the police team and Haider was struck by a bullet from one of their weapons. He was taken to a hospital where he succumbed,” cops had claimed. Meanwhile, the cops’ version was persistently and strongly contested by Haider’s family.

“My husband had 40 bigha land and two licenced weapons. Why should he keep an illegal weapon?” his wife said. She approached the local court in November 2021. The Allahabad high court had only recently directed the lower court to “dispose of the case soon”. Haider was a resident of Thitki village under Deoband police limits. SHO (Deoband), Hirday Narayan Singh, said, “Following the court order, a case under IPC section 302 (murder) has been registered. A probe is being conducted.”

Janisar Ahmed, the lawyer representing Haider’s family, said, “In his judgment, the judge had observed that ‘it’s surprising that even after being arrested by police, there was an illegal weapon in the possession of the accused farmer for a long time. And the bullet was fired from that weapon itself. When the accused men were together and the police team was in another direction, then the fact that the accused shot each other with their weapons seems laughable’.”

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Court orders 12 UP cops to be booked for murder of farmer: Cow Vigilantism

The order of the chief judicial magistrate directing registering of a case followed directions by the Allahabad High Court for early decision in the case

Cow Vigilantism
Image Courtesy: newsclick.in

AGRA: As many as twelve police personnel, including three sub-inspectors, were booked on January 22 for the ‘murder’ (section 302, Indian Penal Code-IPC) of 42-year-old farmer Zeeshan Haider, earlier accused of “cow slaughter”. This was following an order of the court of the chief judicial magistrate in Saharanpur, on a petition filed by Haider’s wife Afroz Begum, ordering the Deoband SHO to “register a case under relevant sections and provide a copy of it to the court within 24 hours” reported The Times of India.

The incident dates back to September 2021 when Haider’s wife had alleged that the local police had simply picked up her husband from their house and killed him.

The police in a contradictory version, had stated that following a “tip-off” of cow slaughter, they raided an area in a forest where Haider and a few others were found with “country made pistols”. “They fired at the police team and Haider was struck by a bullet from one of their weapons. He was taken to a hospital where he succumbed,” cops had claimed. Meanwhile, the cops’ version was persistently and strongly contested by Haider’s family.

“My husband had 40 bigha land and two licenced weapons. Why should he keep an illegal weapon?” his wife said. She approached the local court in November 2021. The Allahabad high court had only recently directed the lower court to “dispose of the case soon”. Haider was a resident of Thitki village under Deoband police limits. SHO (Deoband), Hirday Narayan Singh, said, “Following the court order, a case under IPC section 302 (murder) has been registered. A probe is being conducted.”

Janisar Ahmed, the lawyer representing Haider’s family, said, “In his judgment, the judge had observed that ‘it’s surprising that even after being arrested by police, there was an illegal weapon in the possession of the accused farmer for a long time. And the bullet was fired from that weapon itself. When the accused men were together and the police team was in another direction, then the fact that the accused shot each other with their weapons seems laughable’.”

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Goa: ABVP disrupts classes in St. Xavier’s College, Mapusa

The ABVP forced their way into the college raising demands for forming students council and disrupted classes

23 Jan 2023

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Members of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the student wing of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) are reported to have stormed into the campus of St. Xavier’s College in Mapusa Goa, allegedly to protest against the non-formation of students’ council in the college.

These student members, also studying in other institutes even reportedly abused the Principal of the college while raising slogans of “Vande Mataram” and “Bharat Mata ki Jai”. The teachers alleged that these miscreants even insulted them.

The Principal of the college released a video statement and said that around 10.30 am on January 21 a group of boys and girls including three  students of the college stormed in to the college’s science block and while classes were in progress were shouting slogans. They were carrying ABVP banners and  were instigating students to leave th3ee classes and join their protest.

Science practicals were going on at that time and the miscreants tried to disrupt the same. Even after police intervention, the mob continued to raise slogans and create a ruckus. “Being the largest college in Goa, safety of our students and staff is our priority. Hence, for their safety classes were stopped and students were requested to leave the campus in order to avoid any untoward incident,” he said.

The Mamlatdar of Bardez was able to bring the situation under control. The college categorically condemned such behaviors and then principal requested all students to dissociate themselves from such unruly activities.


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Goa: ABVP disrupts classes in St. Xavier’s College, Mapusa

The ABVP forced their way into the college raising demands for forming students council and disrupted classes

ABVP
Image: The Free Press Journal

Members of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the student wing of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) are reported to have stormed into the campus of St. Xavier’s College in Mapusa Goa, allegedly to protest against the non-formation of students’ council in the college.

These student members, also studying in other institutes even reportedly abused the Principal of the college while raising slogans of “Vande Mataram” and “Bharat Mata ki Jai”. The teachers alleged that these miscreants even insulted them.

The Principal of the college released a video statement and said that around 10.30 am on January 21 a group of boys and girls including three  students of the college stormed in to the college’s science block and while classes were in progress were shouting slogans. They were carrying ABVP banners and  were instigating students to leave th3ee classes and join their protest.

Science practicals were going on at that time and the miscreants tried to disrupt the same. Even after police intervention, the mob continued to raise slogans and create a ruckus. “Being the largest college in Goa, safety of our students and staff is our priority. Hence, for their safety classes were stopped and students were requested to leave the campus in order to avoid any untoward incident,” he said.

The Mamlatdar of Bardez was able to bring the situation under control. The college categorically condemned such behaviors and then principal requested all students to dissociate themselves from such unruly activities.


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Temple fairs and the saga of economic boycott: Dakshina Kannada

The trend of disallowing non-Hindus from partaking in auction of stalls at temple fairs is a new low for Hindu fringe groups and temple authorities are being forced to follow suit

23 Jan 2023

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The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) gave a call for economic boycott of Muslim vendors during the Panchalingeshwara temple fair in Vittal town in Dakshina Kannada district. According to a Times Now report, the Muslim vendors were forced out by VHP workers.

VHP, along with Sri Ram Sene workers “evicted” the shop of a Muslim and the video of the same was also made available by Times Now. Those who did not vacate their shops after the call for boycott, taking law into their own hands, these VHP members forced them to vacate their shops.

The local correspondent of the channel confirmed that VHP had declared that “no Muslim vendors will be allowed near temple fair areas. This call was given in the beginning of January itself. He also said that the police had no arrested anyone from the VHJP or Sri Ram Sene for their culpability.”

 

 

It was also reported that the boycott banner was raised at a religious fair in Kavuru near Mangaluru city by VHP and Bajrang Dal early this month. The banner was put up on the premises of Sri Mahalingeshwara temple which comes under the Religious Endowment department where a fair was held between January 14 to 18, reported Siasat. “There is no scope for anyone who believes that worshiping an idol is ‘haram’,” the banner read.

These calls for boycotts are not the first of their kind. There are several reports in the news media of prominent Hindutva groups calling for such economic boycott of non-Hindus. Or in some cases specifically Muslims. Early in January, management committee of Sullia Sri Channakeshava Temple, Mangaluru had decided to have an open auction of the stalls irrespective of religion but after pressure mounting from  the local Hindutva group Hindu Hitarakshana Vedike, the temple management decided that Muslim vendors will not be allowed at the fair held between January 2 to January 12. 

Similarly, last November, 2022, during the Champa Shashti festival of Kukke Sri Subrahmanya temple as well, Non-Hindu traders were disallowed as per banners erected by the Hindu Jagaran Vedike. The temple management said that it had no part to play in the boycott but that they were following Karnataka Hindu Religious Institutions and Charitable Endowments Act whereby Rule 12 states that no property including land, building or site located near the institution shall be leased to non-Hindus.  reported Hindustan Times.

These diktats for boycotts from Hindutva groups caught on with temple fairs across the state last year. What had begun at a Shimoga temple and was followed by more in Dakshina Kannada and Udupi has spread to shrines in Tumkur, Hassan, Chikmagalur and other districts, reported The Telegraph. These included temples of Belur Channakeshava in Hassan, Siddhalingeshwara in Tumkur and the 800-year-old Bappanadu temple (built by Muslim merchant Bappa Beary of Kerala) which has been a symbol of communal harmony.

Banners had also erupted in front of Bappandu Durgaparameshwari Temple, Mangaladevi Temple and Puttur Mahalingeshwara Temple in Dakshina Kannada.

Clearly, these calls for boycott have become the trend that these Hindutva group aim to spread across the state and possibly in many other BJP ruled states. As per the  traders associations in most of these places, Muslim vendors have been a part of these fairs for decades and this is the first time they have faced such a boycott.

Background

On the back of the ‘hijab’-driven controversy in the state, Karnataka first saw such brazen boycotts in March 2022. At the time, Citizens for Justice and Peace, had analysed the unconstitutionality of these acts that were silently left un=controverted by the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the State and Karnataka.

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The Bangalore-based unit of the People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) had, in a representation to the chief minister Bommai and Governor Thavar Chand Gehlot, stated that,

“The boycott calls are sought to be given a fig leaf of legitimacy by referring to Rule 31(12) of the 2002 Rules of the Karnataka Hindu Religious Institutions and Charitable Endowments Act, 1997, which state that no property, including land, building or sites situated near the institution shall be leased out to non-Hindus. However as Senior advocate Chander Uday Singh pointed out this is a deliberate misinterpretation of the provision as Rule 31 only deals with long-term leases of immoveable property owned by a temple.  It does not deal with the short-term licences which would be used to allot stalls or spaces to vendors during a festival. Rule 7 also specifically prohibits sub-lease, leading one to the conclusion that the contract temple authorities enter into with traders can only be a licensing agreement. 

However, going beyond the question of whether the temple actions are justified by the rule 31(2) cited by the Hon’ble law minister, the larger questions is the constitutionality of the same. Both economic boycott and calling for economic boycott is violative of the constitutional promise of non-discrimination enacted in Article 15. Article 15, explicitly prohibits discrimination on grounds of religion, besides race, caste, sex or place of birth. Article 15(2) further proclaims that no citizen be subject to any ‘restriction’ with regard to ‘access to shops’, ‘maintained wholly or partly out of State funds or dedicated to the use of the general public’.

In a nutshell, the said call for boycott and boycott both violate fundamental rights conferred under articles 14, 15, 19 and 21 of the Constitution of India.

Articles 21, 14 and 15 are all guarantors to every person has the right to life, equality and non-discrimination. Article 19 ensures freedom of movement and the right to undertake economic activity. While Article 14 says that the State shall not deny to any person equality before the law or the equal protection of the laws within the territory of India, Article 15 prohibits discrimination on grounds only of religion, race, caste, sex, place of birth. Further under article 15(2), no citizen shall be subject to any restriction or condition with regards to access to shops or the used of roads and places of public resort maintained out of state funds or made for the use of general public, merely on the basis of religion, race, caste, sex, place of birth or any of them.

Interestingly, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh apart from Uttar Pradesh have also seen similar blatant calls for a socio-economic boycott being left un-challenged by the senior echelons of the ruling party, allowing outfits like the VHP to function with impunity.

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Temple fairs and the saga of economic boycott: Dakshina Kannada

The trend of disallowing non-Hindus from partaking in auction of stalls at temple fairs is a new low for Hindu fringe groups and temple authorities are being forced to follow suit

boycott of Muslim vendors during the Panchalingeshwara temple fairRepresentation Image

The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) gave a call for economic boycott of Muslim vendors during the Panchalingeshwara temple fair in Vittal town in Dakshina Kannada district. According to a Times Now report, the Muslim vendors were forced out by VHP workers.

VHP, along with Sri Ram Sene workers “evicted” the shop of a Muslim and the video of the same was also made available by Times Now. Those who did not vacate their shops after the call for boycott, taking law into their own hands, these VHP members forced them to vacate their shops.

The local correspondent of the channel confirmed that VHP had declared that “no Muslim vendors will be allowed near temple fair areas. This call was given in the beginning of January itself. He also said that the police had no arrested anyone from the VHJP or Sri Ram Sene for their culpability.”

 

 

It was also reported that the boycott banner was raised at a religious fair in Kavuru near Mangaluru city by VHP and Bajrang Dal early this month. The banner was put up on the premises of Sri Mahalingeshwara temple which comes under the Religious Endowment department where a fair was held between January 14 to 18, reported Siasat. “There is no scope for anyone who believes that worshiping an idol is ‘haram’,” the banner read.

These calls for boycotts are not the first of their kind. There are several reports in the news media of prominent Hindutva groups calling for such economic boycott of non-Hindus. Or in some cases specifically Muslims. Early in January, management committee of Sullia Sri Channakeshava Temple, Mangaluru had decided to have an open auction of the stalls irrespective of religion but after pressure mounting from  the local Hindutva group Hindu Hitarakshana Vedike, the temple management decided that Muslim vendors will not be allowed at the fair held between January 2 to January 12. 

Similarly, last November, 2022, during the Champa Shashti festival of Kukke Sri Subrahmanya temple as well, Non-Hindu traders were disallowed as per banners erected by the Hindu Jagaran Vedike. The temple management said that it had no part to play in the boycott but that they were following Karnataka Hindu Religious Institutions and Charitable Endowments Act whereby Rule 12 states that no property including land, building or site located near the institution shall be leased to non-Hindus.  reported Hindustan Times.

These diktats for boycotts from Hindutva groups caught on with temple fairs across the state last year. What had begun at a Shimoga temple and was followed by more in Dakshina Kannada and Udupi has spread to shrines in Tumkur, Hassan, Chikmagalur and other districts, reported The Telegraph. These included temples of Belur Channakeshava in Hassan, Siddhalingeshwara in Tumkur and the 800-year-old Bappanadu temple (built by Muslim merchant Bappa Beary of Kerala) which has been a symbol of communal harmony.

Banners had also erupted in front of Bappandu Durgaparameshwari Temple, Mangaladevi Temple and Puttur Mahalingeshwara Temple in Dakshina Kannada.

Clearly, these calls for boycott have become the trend that these Hindutva group aim to spread across the state and possibly in many other BJP ruled states. As per the  traders associations in most of these places, Muslim vendors have been a part of these fairs for decades and this is the first time they have faced such a boycott.

Background

On the back of the ‘hijab’-driven controversy in the state, Karnataka first saw such brazen boycotts in March 2022. At the time, Citizens for Justice and Peace, had analysed the unconstitutionality of these acts that were silently left un=controverted by the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the State and Karnataka.

Also Read: With calls for economic boycott of Muslims, are we at the precipice of a genocide? Othering, ridicule and exclusion are just precursors to violence

The Bangalore-based unit of the People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) had, in a representation to the chief minister Bommai and Governor Thavar Chand Gehlot, stated that,

“The boycott calls are sought to be given a fig leaf of legitimacy by referring to Rule 31(12) of the 2002 Rules of the Karnataka Hindu Religious Institutions and Charitable Endowments Act, 1997, which state that no property, including land, building or sites situated near the institution shall be leased out to non-Hindus. However as Senior advocate Chander Uday Singh pointed out this is a deliberate misinterpretation of the provision as Rule 31 only deals with long-term leases of immoveable property owned by a temple.  It does not deal with the short-term licences which would be used to allot stalls or spaces to vendors during a festival. Rule 7 also specifically prohibits sub-lease, leading one to the conclusion that the contract temple authorities enter into with traders can only be a licensing agreement. 

However, going beyond the question of whether the temple actions are justified by the rule 31(2) cited by the Hon’ble law minister, the larger questions is the constitutionality of the same. Both economic boycott and calling for economic boycott is violative of the constitutional promise of non-discrimination enacted in Article 15. Article 15, explicitly prohibits discrimination on grounds of religion, besides race, caste, sex or place of birth. Article 15(2) further proclaims that no citizen be subject to any ‘restriction’ with regard to ‘access to shops’, ‘maintained wholly or partly out of State funds or dedicated to the use of the general public’.

In a nutshell, the said call for boycott and boycott both violate fundamental rights conferred under articles 14, 15, 19 and 21 of the Constitution of India.

Articles 21, 14 and 15 are all guarantors to every person has the right to life, equality and non-discrimination. Article 19 ensures freedom of movement and the right to undertake economic activity. While Article 14 says that the State shall not deny to any person equality before the law or the equal protection of the laws within the territory of India, Article 15 prohibits discrimination on grounds only of religion, race, caste, sex, place of birth. Further under article 15(2), no citizen shall be subject to any restriction or condition with regards to access to shops or the used of roads and places of public resort maintained out of state funds or made for the use of general public, merely on the basis of religion, race, caste, sex, place of birth or any of them.

Interestingly, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh apart from Uttar Pradesh have also seen similar blatant calls for a socio-economic boycott being left un-challenged by the senior echelons of the ruling party, allowing outfits like the VHP to function with impunity.

Related:

Don’t stop at Muslim-owned dhabas, VHP, Bajrang Dal warn buses in Gujarat

CJP moves NCM over hate crimes against Muslims in Madhya Pradesh

Why is iD dosa batter giving communal trolls indigestion?

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