Taking serious note of “increasing violence” by vigilante groups, the National Commission for Minorities (NCM) has written to Home Minister Rajnath Singh, calling for a “very strong statement from the highest levels of the government”.
In the letter sent to Singh on September 19, NCM Chairman Naseem Ahmad points to the recent attack in west Delhi and cites it as yet another incident that reinforces the feeling of insecurity amongst the Muslims. The Commission had earlier sought a report from the Delhi Police Commissioner in this regard.
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“All of this is vitiating the social fabric of the country and is bound to disturb the over-all climate of co-existence among communities. In particular it is creating an atmosphere of extreme insecurity and suspicions among the Muslims across the country and deteriorating communal amity amongst communities that have traditionally lived together in peace and harmony,” Ahmad said in the letter.
Calling for a very strong statement from the highest levels of the government, the NCM chairman said such a statement should be stating that “such outlandish behaviour will neither be tolerated nor can it go unpunished and that the secular credentials of India will be protected by the State at all costs.”
While noting that law and order is a state subject, Ahmad wrote, “But certainly the central government would be well within its powers to ask the states to handle such situations with a heavy hand and to enforce a sense of security among the minorities in all seriousness.”
Meanwhile, a two-member delegation of the NCM, comprising the chairman and member Praveen Davar, will be visiting Mewat, Haryana, on September 22 to get first-hand information on the murder of a couple and rape of two Muslim girls allegedly by cow vigilantes.
A couple was murdered and two girls from the family were allegedly raped after the accused reportedly barged into their house on August 25 in a village in Mewat. One of the rape victims recently alleged that their attackers were cow vigilantes.