NEW DELHI—Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH), Indian Muslims’ leading socio-cultural organization, has voiced serious concern over growing crime against women, spying on citizens, impending Third Covid-19 wave, and the crackdown on Mohammed Ali Jauhar University in Rampur, Uttar Pradesh.
Addressing an online press conference on Saturday, Secretary of JIH Women’s Department, Mrs. Rahmathunnisa, said, “We condemn the alleged brutal rape and murder of a nine-year-old Dalit girl from Purani Nangal village near Delhi Cantonment. Our delegation visited the victim’s house and met her family members.”
She demanded that the perpetrators should be punished at the earliest. “Latest National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB) data points to the disturbing trend of rising crime against women. It is extremely worrying. The numbers imply that nearly four women are raped every hour, while two women are molested every three minutes in India. After the Nirbhaya case, the JIH had given its suggestions to the Justice Verma Committee for controlling the growing incidents of rape in the country. We support some of the committee’s recommendations. However, we hope the government wakes up to its duty to provide safety and security to its citizens, especially women, and lives up to its slogan of “Beti Bachao,” she stated.
Modi Govt’s announcement a “mockery of Muslim women’s rights”
Rejecting the announcement made by the Ministry of Minority Affairs that August 1 is now being observed as Muslim Women’s Rights Day to celebrate the second anniversary of the passage of the Triple Talaq law, she said: “We condemn this move as a mockery of women’s rights. The government does not appear to be sincere in its concern for Muslim women. Had its concern been genuine, it would have not wrongly incarcerated so many Muslim youths and paid mere lip service to the question of the education of Muslim girls”.
Hold JPC or Judicial Probe Into Spying
Earlier, the Vice President of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, Prof. Mohammad Salim Engineer, briefed the media on the stand of JIH on various pressing issues before the nation. Regarding the issue of spying on citizens, he said, “We are shocked to read media reports about a large number of Indian citizens coming under surveillance using Pegasus spyware sold by an Israeli company. If the reports are true, this is very damaging to our fundamental rights guaranteed by the Constitution of India. JIH demands an inquiry into these reports by a JPC or by the Supreme Court and wants that the government of India should come clean on the entire issue.”
Provide Free Vaccine to all citizens
On the likelihood of the Third wave of Covid-19, the JIH Vice President said, “The government should provide free vaccines to all citizens to prevent the disease, overcome the problem of vaccine shortage and take steps to make the vaccine available to all citizens”.
Stating that the government should take lessons from a considerable loss of life during the second Covid-19 wave, Prof. Salim demanded that the health infrastructure be spruced up, and the budget for health services increased significantly.
“Religious places of worship which become centres of social service during the pandemic should be allowed to remain open and help people,” he demanded.
“In this regard, we wish to point out that the JIH is involved in a flagship ‘COVID-19 hand-holding project’, under the Sahulat Microfinance Society and other partners, for pandemic-hit distressed families to rebuild and restore their livelihoods,” Prof. Salim said.
Solve the issue of Jauhar University in consultation with stakeholders
Commenting on the reports of the local administration serving notice to demolish the main gate of the Muhammad Ali Jauhar University, Prof Salim said, “We feel that this case is not being dealt with appropriately. If it is a land dispute, then it should be resolved amicably with the concerned stakeholders by the government. The University was established by a State Cabinet decision and under UGC guidelines. To disturb such an important place of learning is not in the best interests of the students and the education environment of our country. Therefore, the government must find a solution to this problem and ensure that education of minorities and marginalized groups is not disturbed.”