Govt urged to prevent hate crimes, mob lynching

  • UMF demands Heightened Security, Precautionary Measures for Mob Lynching Top Priorities
  • Voice Against Wakf Discrepancies, Ignored Protection of Wakf Monuments 

Hyderabad: The United Muslim Forum urged the Government of Telangana to issues Strict Instructions to the Police department and Intelligence Department for ensuring stringent precautionary measures to prevent and deal with Mob Lynching and Hate crimes. Such crimes must be dealt with iron hand, they emphasized. 

United Muslim Forum, a confederation of different Muslim organizations, on Wednesday urged the government to take precautionary measures to avoid communal turbulence in the State ahead of Eid ul Azha, also known as Bakrid.

Addressing the media during a Press Conference at Media Plus Auditorium in Hyderabad on Wednesday afternoon, the Forum urged the government to control and tab the potential violence in the name of Gau Raksha by self-styled Gau Rakshaks and prevent mob lynching, harm, loss of life and any possible tension between the two communities.

Speaking on the occasion, the forum leaders advised the Muslim community to refrain from sacrificing cows to respect the sentiments of the other communities. Lambs, goats, and other animals permissible for sacrifice under the Indian law could be slaughtered.

Adding that “all religious festivals must be celebrated with peace and harmony”, the forum recollected the directives issued by Supreme Court of India last year to curb the mob lynching and called upon the government to ensure its implementation in the state.

Incidents of hate crimes on the basis of religious identity is on the rise in the country. Mob Lynching is destroying secular fabric of our Country. Stringent laws must be made by the State and Central Governments to ensure protection of Life and Property of Citizens of our country referring to the brutal mob lynching of a Muslim youth Shams Tabriz Ansari in Jharkhand. They also demanded the Central government to pay Rupees one crore to his family, a government job and housing.

The forum also appealed the Government of Telangana to “protect historical  religious monuments in the State especially the Makkah Masjid, Royal Mosque of Public Gardens and other important properties & Waqf institutions in the state”.

The forum also condemned the absence of heads of institutes for longer periods in many minority welfare institutions and termed these institutions “almost non-functional” adding that “the Government has failed to provide any suitable head to some institutes for longer periods.”

The immediate approval of Cadre strength of all Minority Institutions by the Government of Telangana was also demanded. The forum pressed that in the last three years, Wakf board requests for appointment of 410 staff members of different categories are pending before the Government of Telangana.” 

“A request for minimum of 50 Staff of Immediate Requirement is also not fulfilled.”

“The government of Telangana, must ensure that Wakf board meetings are to be held every two month as stipulated in wakf Rules. Currently, since last February, no board meeting were held. There are many issues related to Election of members that are still pending.” it was stated.

The forum also stated that there were dues and delays in providing monthly honorarium to Imams and Moazzans of Masjids and demanded that their honorariums be released with immediate effect.

United Muslim Forum demanded the reconstruction of Masjid-e-Ek Khana and Other Mosques which were demolished at different places in the state. It urged the State government to explore alternative ways and means to protect Wakf and other religious institutions when they are demolished to take up the road widening and development works.

The forum blamed the government for “ignoring the sentiments of Muslim Community” adding that “in the process of road widening and land acquisitions for the Government projects, the government is approving demolition of Mosques”. It also blamed the inaction of Wakf Board staff to act and protect the Wakf properties and other institutions in such instances referring to the demolition of Masjid-e-Ek Khana at Amberpet in Hyderabad as “a clear example”.

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