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JIH Press Note: Repeal of Farm Laws and demand to repeal CAA-NRC, Growing climate of hate against places of worship of minorities, Prayagraj Dalit killings, NCPCR Report

Posted on 04 December 2021 by Admin_markaz

 

Repeal of Farm Laws and demand to repeal CAA-NRC

New Delhi, 4th Dec. 2021: Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) feels that the repeal of the farm laws was inevitable and it is a great victory for democracy and the farmers of our country. We welcome the decision by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to accede to the demands of the Indian farmers. If it had been done earlier, the farmers would not have to pay such a heavy price for fighting against these unjust laws and losses could have been avoided. It is also a victory for the people of India and all those who supported the farmers in their resistance against the anti-people, anti-poor and anti-farmer laws. We pay our homage to the hundreds of farmers who laid down their lives for this cause. Had they been repealed earlier losses could have been averted. Jamaat-e-Islami Hind supports the farmers demand that the government must now enact a law to guarantee MSP for the farmers. The farmers’ agitation showed how peaceful protests can be carried out democratically and the positive role that civil society plays in helping the nation to ensure the removal of laws and policies that go against the interests of the nation and society. We salute the grit and tenacity of our farmer brothers and sisters who gave immense sacrifices to sustain their cause. It also showed the insensitivity of the government as it tried to crush the movement through insinuation and brute force. We now urge the government to also look at other anti-people and anti-constitutional laws like the CAA-NRC etc. and ensure that they too are withdrawn at the earliest. This Bill goes against the basic idea of India as an inclusive, diverse, secular, and democratic nation envisaged by the founding fathers of our Constitution. It is part of the agenda of communal polarization and we are sure the people of India will not accept such divisive politics.

 

Growing climate of hate against places of worship of minorities

Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) expresses grave concern over the recent attempts by some well-organized groups to oppose the offering of Friday prayers in Gurugram, Haryana. Muslims have been forced to offer prayers in open public parks and government lands because the government has not allotted them land for a mosque in the New Gurgaon. As many as 19 mosques big and small are under illegal possession of others since 1947. All efforts by the Haryana Waqf Board to get them vacated have failed so far. Local Muslims feel that the police and administration are not interested in restoring the mosques to the Muslims. A delegation of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind visited Gurugram and met the people who were opposed to the Namaz to arrive at a durable solution to the problem. The JIH delegation also visited some people who offered their premises and met some religious groups who offered their places of worship to Muslims for Friday prayers. Jamaat-e-Islami Hind feels that there is a well-planned and systematic effort by some vested interests to divide people on religious grounds by targeting the places of worship of minorities. Few days back, there was an attack on a Church in Belur, Hassan district of Karnataka. This politics of hate is practiced to divert the attention of people (especially when elections are around) from the real issues so that the performance of the government and ruling establishment is shifted from development to other emotional issues. We are confident that the people of our country will realize this deceit and not allow it to succeed.

 

Prayagraj Dalit killings

Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) condemns the recent killings of a Dalit family, both parents, their son and a daughter who was raped before she was murdered in Prayagraj. Allegedly the girl was a minor and the case was first registered under POCSO. Also the initial FIR named 11 people belonging to the upper caste community as the key accused  under various sections of the IPC and the SC/ST Act. It is reported that eight of the eleven accused were arrested. However, later the police released all the accused from the upper-caste community and charged a Dalit youth for the crime. Jamaat-e-Islami Hind is of the opinion that irrespective of the ‘caste angle’ to the murder, what is important is that the killings signify a breakdown in the law and order situation and a sad reflection of the state of affairs of the police and ruling establishment in the state. It is reported that at first the police tried to pressurize the victims into reaching a compromise with the accused. The Prayagraj killings is one more addition to the many cases of rape, murder, custodial killing, fake encounters and hate crimes against minorities and Dalits in the state of Uttar Pradesh.

 

The NCPCR Report

Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) does not concur with the findings and recommendations of The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) Report, namely the “Impact of Exemption under Article 15 (5) with regards to Article 21A of the Constitution of India on Education of Children in Minority Communities”, in which the NCPCR has assessed minority schools (schools run by minority organisations) in the country. The NCPCR has commented that the special exemption that minority schools enjoy from the RTE is ”creating a conflicting picture between fundamental right of children and right of minority communities’’ and wants all schools under the RTE. Jamaat-e-Islami Hind feels that there is an exaggerated emphasis on Madrassas in this report. Even though education is the fundamental right of children, the report failed to properly evaluate the government’s role in providing education to the children of minority groups. If the minority children are going to Madrassas, then what are the reasons? Is the government providing ample and sufficient infrastructure to provide mainstream education to the minority children? While the NCPCR evaluated the Madrassa why did they not evaluate the Government Urdu Medium schools? A comparison should be made between Madrassas and Government Urdu medium schools. If the situation of Government Urdu Medium Schools or the Government schools where minority children go is better, then minority children would not have gone to the Madrasas. It has been observed that in the government schools, generally, the language and culture of majoritarian culture is prevalent. A similar scenario could be observed in the schools run by dominant and majoritarian cultural groups. In many such schools, religious practices are conducted and students from other cultures and religions are orced to participate in these religious rituals. By doing this, such schools are violating the basic criteria of secularism. Also, some reports also suggest that there is explicit discrimination against the students from the minority community. It appears that the NCPCR has obsessively targeted the Madrasas to distract from the main purpose of the report. Since Madrasas are not a mainstream school, then the focus should have been only the schools. JIH favours the continuation of exemption given to minority schools and madrassas from the RTE.

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