|NGO's 'forgive' idea kicks up row
Milli Gazette Online
Ahmedabad: The efforts of Jan Andolan, an NGO, for reconciliation between Hindus and Muslims who are divided by the riots in 2002 have run into trouble as some other organisations are opposing its idea that Muslims should withdraw cases of arson and loot to facilitate their return to their villages.
Jan Adolan’s chief, Mukul Sinha says that he is not in favour of withdrawal of serious offences. But where there is no loss of life, rape and other henious crimes people should withdraw such cases and find ways of getting on life. There are many villages where Muslims have been unable to return even after three years of the riots, adds Sinha.
Activists Girish Patel, Prof Nisar Ahmed Ansari, Achyut Yagnik and others don’t buy his idea. They say that there can be no reconciliation without justice.
Jan Andolan circulated a note on February 27 on its proposals and called for a dharna to push the idea. The note claimed that they had the backing of 40 muftis from Ahmedabad.
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