“Unless a person is found guilty by a court of law, he/she is only an accused, and to treat them as a criminal is nothing but ‘anarchy’,” asserted a press release of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board.
NEW DELHI – The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) and Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) condemned the police action against protesters calling it “lawlessness and violence”.
In a press statement, Maulana Khalid Saifullah Rahmani, General Secretary, AIMPLB, said the demonstration of “lawlessness by the government in treating the accused of a crime as convicted criminals even before the crime is proven is exceedingly tragic and is a form of violence by state in itself.”
He underlined the fact that Muslims carry more affection for the Prophet than their own lives as he said that former BJP official’s insulting remarks have hurt the sentiments of Muslims “but non-action against her further matters of concern for Muslims”.
“Those who are peacefully protesting against this indecent act and hate speech are facing cases being registered against them, lathi-charge, and their houses being demolished,” Rahmani said adding, “Unless a person is found guilty by a court of law, he/she is only an accused and to treat them as a criminal is nothing but ‘anarchy’.”
The board called the lack of “meaningful action” against Nupur Sharma and Naveen Jindal, who are guilty of making derogatory comments on the Prophet “a complete miscarriage of justice”.
“Does our law of the land allow demolishing someone’s house for protesting or throwing stones for that matter? Does it allow shooting down and killing someone for sloganeering “Islam Zindabad”?” Asked Rahmani.
The All India Muslim Personal Law Board called upon the Central Government and other state governments “to refrain from peddling injustice”.
The stone pelters, whether Hindu or Muslim, should be investigated, arrested, and brought before the courts of law, then whatever decision the courts arrive at must be enforced as per the law, it said while adding that the current approach of the state government is “utterly deplorable and is promoting communal disharmony”.
The board demanded the immediate release of all those arrested during protests.
It also asked for compensation to the survivors of those who lost their lives and the ones injured while demanding action against those policemen who have exceeded the limits of the law.
The board also appealed to the Muslims to be patient while suggesting ways to register their protest. These include presenting memorandums to local government officials over remarks against Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and gathering evidence of police brutality and sharing such evidence with social organizations in order to register FIRs.
Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) has also vehemently condemned the highhandedness of the police and administration in Ranchi in Jharkhand, Prayagraj in Uttar Pradesh and other places in the country over protests by Muslims against derogatory remarks on Prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him) and demanded an impartial judicial enquiry into the custodial torture, police excesses and demolition of houses, and punishment to the guilty at the earliest.
In a media statement on Monday, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind President Syed Sadatullah Husaini said “what the police have done in Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand concerning the democratic protest by Muslims on June 10, amounts to throttling democracy and rule of law.”