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Statement by Home Minister is insufficient, practical steps needed: Jamaat-e-Islami Hind

New Delhi: "We welcome the statement of Home Minister Shushil Kumar Shinde that the poison of hatred and communalism being spread for a long time in the country by organisations like RSS and BJP should be brought to an end.  Mr. Shinde has pointed out that the communal organisations are promoting terrorism through their camps," said Maulana Syed Jalaluddin Umari, President of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind here at a press conference on 2 Feb.
 
JIH President speaking at the press meet

Commenting on the the statement of the Union Home Minister on Hindutva terrorism, Maulana Umari said, "This statement is insufficient. He should take practical steps in the light of information provided by his department and other investigative agencies. Further, he should order a high-level investigation about the innocent Muslim youths who have been wrongly implicated in bomb blasts and violent incidents, which in fact were the handiwork of these communalists. The innocent youths should be released forthwith and the real culprits should be appropriately dealt with. Thorough investigation should be made about Bhonsala Military School of Nashik, Abhinav Bharat, Sanatan Sanstha and different senas and every source of communalism and terrorism should be closed."

Expressing serious concern over the violence against women across the country, Maulana Umari said, "It is a matter of great concern that women, who are half of humanity, are unsafe in our country and incidents of sexual attacks on them and rapes are continuously taking place. For a lasting solution of the problem, the concept of respect to humanity and respect to women should be promoted on strong footing. Islam, first of all, lays stress on cleansing of thoughts and hearts. The Holy Quran has emphasised avoiding evil glances and protecting modesty and chastity. To achieve this, we should inculcate fear of God and sense of responsibility and accountability before God. At the same time, we should fight against the wrong notion that adult men and women in sexual matters are free from moral bindings and two consenting adults can do whatever they wish. Further, all manifestations of immodesty and unchastity should be banned,” he said.

On Dhule riots, the president of Jamaat the attitude of police was openly partisan, atrocious and communal. We strongly feel that this attitude of police is fraught with grave dangers for the future of the country." Maulana Umari called on the central government to take steps to reform police and castigate the communal elements inside it.

Regarding the Lokpal Bill, the national president of the Jamaat has reminded the countrymen, "the problem of widespread corruption cannot be effectively solved by legislation alone. Along with effective laws, inculcation of fear of God and sense of responsibility also is necessary. Therefore, utmost importance should be given to promote moral and ethical awakening."

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-28 February 2013 on page no. 13

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