New Delhi, December 22, 2021 Maulana Mahmood A. Madani, the President of Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind, hailed the legislation passed by the Jharkhand Assembly to curb mob lynching expecting that the law would create confidence among the socially and economically weaker sections.
He said that Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind has been demanding such legislation from the beginning in the context of nature of the crimes. He demanded that other states should also follow the suit to ban such heinous acts through effective legislation.
Maulana Madani said that incidents of mob lynching have been reported from Jharkhand and other parts of the country. The current problem of mob violence is a crisis of hate violence against minorities, particularly Muslims and Dalits. Hate crimes against minorities create a pervasive environment of vulnerability where members of these communities feel that they can be subjected to violence anytime and anywhere. He noted that the targeting of specific communities leads to the destruction of the social fabric of the country, and compromises tolerance and freedom. Treating the problem of mob violence only as a problem of vigilantism misses this social dimension of the violence since it is a manifestation of the social and institutional exclusion of vulnerable minorities.
Maulana Madani asserted that Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind is fighting against Islamophobia, hatred and violent aggression within the framework of the constitution of the country.
He demanded that in order to create even an opportunity for effective implementation, the new law against mob violence must strengthen official accountability and facilitate victim empowerment.
Niaz Ahmed Farooqui
Secretary, Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind
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