"Everywhere in the world, a person is innocent till
proven guilty... This government is bringing a law under which
a person accusing a Hindu of committing communal crime will
have no responsibility to prove his allegation, but the
accused will have to prove himself innocent," VHP general
secretary Praveen Togadia said while addressing a protest
rally at Jantar Mantar.
"It enables non-Hindus to commit crimes with impunity
while rendering Hindus incapable of defending themselves in
the event of attacks from members of a minority community," he
Dubbing the Sonia Gandhi-led National Advisory Council,
which drafted the bill, as "National Aurangzeb Council", he
said the VHP and other similar organisation will oppose the
bill tooth and nail and not allow it to be passed in
"There are two internationally accepted principles of
justice - the law of the land shall be applicable to all and a
person shall be considered innocent unless proven guilty. The
proposed bill goes against these principles and aims at paving
the way for a draconian law," he said.
The activists later burnt an effigy of the central
government and submitted a memorandum to the President in this
regard. The said similar protests will be organised in other
parts of Delhi between July 26 and July 31.
New Delhi: Terming the 'Prevention of
Communal and Targeted Violence Bill' as anti-Hindu, the VHP Monday said the legislation defies Constitution, which calls for equality before law.
First Published: Monday, July 25, 2011, 15:55