Without sufficient reason: Hindu editorial on unreasonable arrests at the behest of majoritarian organizations

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Recent 25-year-old Muslim woman arrested in Mudhol, Bagalkot district of Karnataka Another example of misuse of law by officials for an innocuous message on Pakistan’s Republic Day. If it was a provision relating to sedition that was invoked without thinking in the past, including once a play performed by primary school children, the latest involves an alleged attempt to create enmity between different groups. Kuthma Shaikh was granted bail on the same day of his arrest, but this incident is no less worrying as it indicates that members of the minority community may be arrested without sufficient cause. in administration. In this case, the madrasa student had said on March 23, “May God bless every nation with peace, unity and harmony”, but a local Hindu activist complained to the police that she was trying to spread goodwill among communities by wishing people on Pakistan Day. creating enmity. With unprecedented urgency, the police registered a case under penal sections relating to promoting enmity between different groups. How his will attracts Section 153A or 505(2) of the IPC, only the police can tell. The district police have claimed that the purpose of the arrests was to maintain peace and order, but it is quite clear that they acted in an indecent manner without ascertaining whether there was any substance in the complaint.

Since then Controversy arose over the wearing of hijab of girl studentsRight wing groups seem to have a tendency to create trouble by targeting Muslims. These groups called Ban on Muslim traders and vendors doing business as part of temple fairs, Even though the state government is citing a law that prohibits non-Hindus from acquiring property on lease in the vicinity of the temple, it is questionable whether the rules cover temporary stalls on special occasions. It is regrettable that the state government is not doing enough to curb the perception that its administration is hostile to minorities. Unreasonable arrests, especially for trivial reasons and communally motivated complaints, result in unfair imprisonment, wasted lives and excessively delayed justice. For a regime that takes strong exception to scathing criticism about its human rights and religious tolerance record, the central government should be equally concerned about the potential damage that such incidents could cause to its global image. It is possible. The Center may have nothing to do with law and order, but it may have to advise some states to stop the police from indiscriminately using the power to arrest to appease majority groups and individuals.