New Delhi, 17: April: Religious leaders of various faiths of India gathered at the Press Club of India to express their thoughts at the recent spate of rape cases all over the country and especially those of Kathua, Unnao, Surat and Sasaram.
Presiding over the press meet cum public programme organized by Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH), the JIH Vice President, Maulana Nusrat Ali said: ‘’ the country has been besieged with growing incidents of rape. It is a cause of grave concern that parents have become apprehensive about the safety and security of their daughters. It is the duty of law enforcement agencies and lawmakers to ensure the security of its citizens. But it seems they are not discharging their duties honestly. Religion is also being misused by some to exploit others. In the light of recent incidents, we demand that strict punishment is awarded to the guilty. Action should be taken against those who try to shield the guilty and prevent the law from taking its course. Justice should not be delayed and fast track courts should be formed. The moral depravity that is set in society needs to be curtailed by imposing controls on those trying to spread vulgarity and indecency through various means. Religion can be used for character building and the state can take the help of religious leaders to promote the message of ethics and morality’’.
The other religious leaders who spoke on the occasion included Giani Ranjit Singh Head Priest Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, Father M.D Thomas Founder / Director Institute of Harmony and Peace Studies New Delhi, Swami Saumiyanand Ved Pracharak Arya Samaj, Maulana Jinan Asghar Secretary Majlis-e-Ulema, Delhi, Sister Manju of Brahma Kumaris and Vivek Muni representing Jainism. All the speakers recommended imparting character building as part of a child’s education and demanded that the police and law-related agencies should discharge their duties honestly without fear or favor.
The program was convened by Muhammad Salim Engineer – Secretary General of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, which hosted the event.