Human Rights

Human Rights violation of Muslims in jails

Kanpur: According to Uttar Pradesh Alpsankhyak Utpiran Virodhi Qanooni Adhikar Manch (Minorities Anti-oppression and Legal Rights Forum), more than 300 people belonging to the minority community are in jails of UP who have been arrested either in the name of SIMI, on the accusation of serial bomb blasts or in the name of indulging in terrorist activities. In the case of some people their cases have not yet started even after 3 years in jail. In jails they are being tortured, exploited and abused because of their religion.

A spokesman of the Manch said that recently the jailor of Lucknow Jail, B.C. Yadav had trampled the holy Quran under his feet, had abused and mercilessly beaten Khalid Mujahid and Tariq Qasmi senior and respected people. They are being deprived of even the basic necessities and facilities. It is regrettable that Muslim lawyers who are pleading their cases were attacked in courts. One advocate, Shoaib Ahmad was insulted and abused in court.  Similarly, while mentioning the incidents of 16 June and of 12, 13, 14 August, it was stated that effort is being made to divide lawyers also on communal lines. The constitutional right of any accused person to be presented in court is being violated and the right of the accused persons to hire lawyers of their own choice and entitlement of a fair trial is being denied.

The Manch has in a memorandum demanded that a high-level team of home ministry officials be sent to UP and each and every case should be examined in detail; innocent persons unnecessarily arrested should be released unconditionally. Exploitation and torture of persons of minority community on the pretext of SIMI and other activities should be stopped. Fair trail of the accused persons should be ensured. Human rights of minority community people in jails should be protected and their family members also should be protected against exploitation. Demand was also made that a white paper may be issued on the activities of Hindutva organizations like Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Bajrang Dal etc. and action should also be initiated to ban these organizations. 

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-30 November 2009 on page no. 11

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