NEW DELHI—Raza Academy and Tahaffuz Namoos-e-Risalat Board (Protection of the Prophet’s Honour Board), backed by Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi (VBA) led by Prakash Ambedkar, have demanded a blasphemy law to stop vilification of Prophet Mohammed (Peace Be Upon Him) and religious heads and symbols of all other religions.
Raza Academy has threatened to launch a nationwide agitation if the government fails to come with a law against blasphemy of religious personalities and symbols of different religions.
Media reports say that these groups are bringing pressure on the Maharashtra government to legislate ‘Prophet Mohammed Bill” to stop insult to Prophet Mohammed and revered personalities of other religions.
Quoting government sources, media reports claim that the bill has been drafted. However, it is being publicised as the ‘Prophet Muhammad Bill’. But government sources say it can be named ‘Blasphemy of Prophet Muhammad and other religious chiefs Act, 2021’ or ‘Abusive Languages (Prevention) Act, 2021.’
Maulana Moin Ashraf Qadri, also called Moin Mian, who is president of the Risalat Board, told mediapersons, “Our demand is that there should be a strong law to stop vilification, mocking and insult to our holy prophet and all deities and religious heads. Communal clashes have happened because the existing law against hate speech is insufficient to stop miscreants.”
The demand follows repeated incidents of blasphemy against Prophet Mohammed (Peace Be Upon Him) and Islam by some far-right Hindu organisations in different parts of the country. Recently, a chief priest of Dasna temple in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, used blasphemous language against the Prophet and also admitted of having said so during police investigation.
DCW sends notice to police over harassment of Muslim women online
Taking suo motu cognisance, Delhi Commission for women (DCW) chairperson Swati Maliwal has issued a notice to Delhi police over photos of Muslim women displayed online on a website called “Sulli Deal” and having put them ‘on sale’ with a view to harassing them. The website that uploaded the pictures of the women on July 4, termed it as “Sulli deal of the day”. “Sulli” is a derogatory word used for Muslim women.
Among the women, whose pictures were uploaded on the website, included women Muslim journalists working in prominent media houses in Delhi. There were many activists, artists and researchers also among those ‘put on auction’ on the website.
The issue came to the notice of the victims after some body shared the pictures of the women titled as “Sulli Deal Of The Day” on Twitter.
In her notice to the police, Maliwal said that many of these women have left social media after their images got circulated. DCW has demanded a copy of the FIR, details of the accused and action taken in the matter by July 12.
The website that described itself as a “community driven open source project” has become defunct after uproar over the issue.
Editors Guild of India has condemned the incident.
Meanwhile, Sector 24 police station in NOIDA has registered an FIR in this connection.
Kerala HC orders further probe into PFI leader’s murder
The Kerala High Court has ordered the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) a further investigation into the murder of Popular Front of India (PFI) leader Mohammed Fazal at Thalassery in 2006. The order has been issued following the confessional statement given by an RSS activist Subeesh alias ‘kuppi’. Kuppi has confessed of his involvement in the murder. Kuppi admitted that Fazal was murdered by four RSS activists, including himself and three others- Proneesh, Prabheesh and Shinoj.
Former Punjab DGP Izhar Alam dies
Former Punjab Director General of Police Izhar Alam died of cardiac arrest in a private hospital in Mohali, Punjab, on July 6. He was buried in Sirhind.
He is survived his wife Farzana Nissara Khatoon, a former Shiromani Akali Dal MLA from Malerkotla, three sons and two daughters. He also served as chairman of the Punjab Wakf Board after retirement.
Born in 1949 in Chaknauta area of Bihar, he studied in ‘madrasa’ Shamsul Uloom with Maulana Wali Rahmani, a well-known social and religious personality of Bihar.
He cleared UPSC examination 1972 and was appointed as an IPS officer.
He was awarded Padmashree by former President Gian Zail Singh.