Reconstituted Delhi Minority Commission Takes Serious Note of Mob Violence in Capital


The Commission expressed its special concern over the increase in cases of mob violence and said it would be keeping an eye over such incidents

Ghazanfar Abbas,,

New Delhi, July 21: Just a day after assuming charge, the full team of reconstituted Delhi Minorities Commission called a press conference here on Friday to say that the panel was deeply concerned at the rise in mob violence in the country’s capital and would keep an eye on such incidents to take immediate and proper action.

In their first media interaction at Commission’s office, the panel headed by renowned scholar and senior journalist Dr Zafarul Islam Khan assured the minorities in the capital that they would work for their safety and to protect their constitutional rights.

“Our aim is that the minorities can live with dignity and don’t face the problems that are occurring in other parts of the country. We want that there should be peace everywhere in the capital, so everybody can feel safe,” said Dr Khan.

The Commission expressed its special concern over the increase in cases of mob violence and said it would be keeping an eye over such incidents.

In the last three months, at least four incidents of mob violence in the name of cow or beef have taken place in Delhi.

Informing about the two latest steps taken by the commission this week, he said, “We have taken notice of two recent cases. In one case, activist Shabnam Hashmi was given death threat over phone allegedly by a Delhi policeman. And the second is a case of mob violence where three men were beaten up by a mob in Bara Hindurao area in two different incidents on 14th July only. Though an FIR was registered in the case on Thursday, no arrest has yet been made.”

“Notices to Police Commissioner of Delhi have been sent,” he told.

Last Friday, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had reconstituted the three-member Delhi Minorities Commission with Dr Zafarul Islam Khan as its head for a period of three years.
Along with Dr Khan, the Press Conference was also addressed by other two members of the panel Anastasia Gill and Kartar Singh Kochhar.

Ms Anastasia Gill said that in today’s challenging environment commission’s responsibility will be to work as a safeguard of the minorities as well as for the sustainability of communal harmony.

“Being an Indian everybody has a right to live with dignity. Today is very challenging time for the commission. Our main concern will be to protect minorities by monitoring how the laws available as the safeguard for minorities are being implemented,” Ms Gill said.

“Besides this, I believe communal harmony is must. There should not be any fear due to peoples’ religious identities. So, we will be working for the integration of the society,” she added.


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