SRINAGAR: Reacting over the clamor made by communal elements over anti-beef ban bill, Kashmir Centre for Social and Development Studies (KCSDS) Monday said that Peoples Democratic Party should either put down such decadent elements or quit the government if it has even an iota of concern for peoples daily rights and freedoms and their lives.
KCSDC patron Professor Hameeda Nayeem said that they are deeply anguished by the turn of events in the state which have the potential of uncontrollable eruption anytime from now on.
On the one hand, there is blood everywhere, blood of kids and grown ups and elderly shed by State forces and their stooges and one the other, multiple discourses have been thrown open to tear away every shed of peaceful co-existence of communities and regions in the state, she said.
Hameeda Nayeem said that in order to sabotage and suppress peoples voice for their rights, new divisive issues are floated to deflect attention from the main issue and to engage peoples energies in futile debates. In this scenario mere statements of condemnation will not do. Either government of the day must provide security and safety to the citizens and take head on communal forces like RSS who are hell bent on taking away religious freedom and identity from Muslims in the state in particular. Otherwise why should an RSS person within the government go to the court to revive a dead and defunct law of RPC and then the communal elements insisting on the implementation of the judgment failing which they have the gall to threaten economic blockade.
This draconian and obscurantist law belongs to the era of despotic monarchy and in spirit it died with the monarchy itself. State government should have long back scrapped it because of new constitution of the state as well as the international human rights treaties. But state government being what it is, at the mercy of the Indian state rather than on peoples mandate could not do so. Other than religious freedom being impinged, it is an open assault on individual freedom where you are dictated what you should eat or not eat, she said.
KCSDS patron said that Muslims have never asked the government of India to ban pork as it is haraam for them. Knowing that they cannot take away the freedom of others to have it, it is a travesty of all democratic values that Indian state claims to live by, she said.
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