New Delhi, July 05 (KMS): Expressing serious concern over the incidents of hate crimes in India under Modi, Jamaat-e-Islami India has appealed to the government to rein in the communal forces and anti-social elements behind these incidents.
Addressing media persons in an online press conference in New Delhi, JIH Vice-President Prof. Mohammad Salim Engineer said that the frequency of hate crimes, cow vigilantism and mob lynching has increased of late because of no action taken against the culprits involved in such crimes.
Stating that atrocities against Dalits and minorities have increased a sense of insecurity among the marginalized sections of the society, Prof. Salim pointed out that criminal cases and incidents related to law and order are given a communal colour and exploited by forces of hate and division to create polarization in society.
He said that crime incidents pertaining to communal hatred had increased with assembly elections of five states-Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Goa and Manipur-drawing nearer. “Those engaging in these nefarious activities to create communal strife feel emboldened as no action is taken against them and they become confident to carry out further crimes knowing that they can continue to spread hatred and commit acts of violence without attracting any punishment by the law enforcement machinery”, Prof Salim elaborated.
Appealing the government to come down heavily on forces spreading bigotry and communal hatred, he urged the political parties, non-governmental organizations and social activists to come forward and fulfill their responsibility towards curbing hatred in the country. He also demanded the government to focus on providing financial aid and relief to labour, industry and institutions that have been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.
He said that Home Minister Amit Shah had admitted in Parliament that Northeast Delhi riots were planned and executed by outsiders. “The government must identify and punish the real perpetrators of the violence. But I don’t hope the government would accept our demand”, Mr Ahmed said in response to another question.