Hindu saints decry communal violence bill

Last Updated: Friday, October 7, 2011 - 20:45

Mumbai: Describing the draft communal
violence bill as draconian, prominent Hindu religious heads on Friday decided to undertake an awareness drive against the
legislation, which they said would create communal divide.

"All Hindu religious heads feel that the bill will uproot
religion, heritage and culture," Paramananda Maharaj of the
Acharya Sabha said.

He was speaking to reporters after a meeting of
prominent Hindu religious heads, along with RSS chief Mohan
Bhagwat, in suburban Vile Parle.

"Under this law, one is treated as a criminal till he
proves himself innocent," he said. "Those who framed the bill
are not part of the government and neither is there a single
MP in the panel which drafted it," he added.

"This is a draconian bill, which is against fundamental
rights and spirit of the Constitution," he said.

Calling the bill as `one-sided`, the Maharaj said, "we
will create awareness to show that it will break communal
harmony.

Asked if they would seek BJP support in their mission,
he said, "right now, we are not targeting political people,
but only religious people."

Bhagwat, who yesterday targeted the National Advisory
Council, questioning its constitutional standing and calling
the bill as a "distorted ideology which will destroy the
spirit of the Constitution", did not speak to media.

PTI

First Published: Friday, October 7, 2011 - 20:45
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