A round-up of news, both bad and good, on the rights front from India.
Those who can’t say ‘Bharat mata ki jai’ should leave the country: Devendra Fadnavis
At a rally in Nashik yesterday, Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis said that those who are unwilling to say ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ have no right to stay in the country, NDTV reported. His remarks came a day after India’s largest Islamic seminary ‘Darul Uloom Deoband’ issued a ‘fatwa’ saying Muslims should not say ‘Bharat mata ki jai’.
Deoband seminary a ‘terror factory’: VHP leader
A day after Darul Uloom Deoband issued a fatwa stating that Muslims should refrain from saying ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’, a senior VHP functionary asked that the seminary be banned, Indian Express reported. Terming it a “factory of terrorism”, VHP national joint general secretary Surendra Jain also demanded that a case of sedition be lodged against the clerics who issued the fatwa.
Dalits made to pray before locked temple
In what Dalit leaders said was “adding insult to injury”, officials took some members of the community to the Basaveshwara temple, Holenarsipur taluk, Karnataka on Saturday but made them offer prayers in front of its locked doors, The Hindu reported.
This was after several people including policemen and journalists were injured on Friday in violence by upper caste people who opposed the entry of Dalits into the temple at Sigaranahalli to participate in the Durga Parameshwari Jatra Mahotsava. The same temple closed after Dalits entered it in September 2015. It was reopened on March 25 after “purification” rituals.
Kerala man booked for ‘talking to girlfriend’ in park
According to a report in The Hindu, 24-year old film editor Prasad was booked under section 119a of the Kerala Police Act. The section is meant for ensuring a safe environment for women and can be invoked against those who make obscene gestures, etc. Prasad and his friend were sitting in a public park together when a couple of policemen came and asked them questions about the nature of their relationship and why they were there.
JNU ‘left-leaning’ teachers on Delhi Police ‘watch list’
According to university sources, the JNU administration has received a list of 21 “left-leaning” faculty from the police, asking that they be kept an eye on, The Hindu reported. The teachers’ association has called this act an attack on “ideological freedom”. The police, however, have denied sending any such list.
Stopped from entering Shani Shingnapur temple, Trupti Desai to file FIR against Maharashtra CM
Days after the Bombay High Court ruling that women cannot be kept out of places of worship, around 25 activists of Bhumata Ranragini Brigade led by Trupti Desai were stopped by villagers from entering the sanctum sanctorum of Shani Shingnapur temple in Maharashtra, an India Today report states. Desai said she would file an FIR against chief minister Devendra Fadnavis if the state and police continued to disrespect the court’s order.
Lynching of cattle traders: NHRC issues notice to Jharkhand government
The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued a notice to the Jharkhand government over allegations of targeted attacks on Muslim cattle traders, an Indian Express report says. The NHRC’s statement also said that the lynching of two cattle traders in the Latehar district (including a 12-year old boy) was not being handled in a “fair manner” by the state administration.
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