Proposed communal violence bill undemocratic: VHP

VHP dubbed the draft communal violence bill as "undemocratic" and said it was against the interest of the majority community.

Updated: Jul 30, 2011, 18:40 PM IST

Mumbai: Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) on Saturday
dubbed the draft communal violence bill as "undemocratic" and
said it was against the interest of the majority community.

The Prevention of Communal and Targeted Violence
(Access to Justice and Reparations) Bill has been drafted by
the Sonia Gandhi-led National Advisory Council (NAC).

"The proposed Bill is undemocratic and is also a
deliberate attempt by Sonia Gandhi to protect the image of the
Government tarnished by scams in the last few years," VHP
President Ashok Singhal told reporters here.

Perceiving "danger" to the Congress-led ruling
coalition, the Centre is enacting the Bill to appease the
minority communities, he maintained.

To oppose the proposed law, seers would launch a
nationwide agitation and VHP will support it. If required, we
will also seek the backing of political parties, he said.

The VHP leader alleged that NAC was an "undemocratic"
body and a majority of its members were "anti-Hindu". "If the
Bill is enacted Sonia`s political rivals can be put behind
bars for a long time."

The law will create a sense of fear among the majority
community. It will pave the way for registration of cases
against Hindus and not against the minority communities during
riots. Not only that the rift between Hindus and Muslims will
widen, the VHP leader claimed.

Singhal hit out at social activist Teesta Setalvad,
accusing her of "registering fake cases against Hindus and
presenting fake evidences and testimonials in Gujarat".

On black money, he said, "everybody in India wants the
black money stashed abroad to be brought back.

PTI