Muslim body seeks changes in communal violence Bill

Last Updated: Tuesday, December 15, 2009 - 00:02

New Delhi: A Muslim body has objected to
tabling of the Communal Violence Bill in its present form in
Parliament, demanding provisions which will enable quick
compensation to the victims as well as punishment to rioters
and officials concerned if they fail to control it.

The All India Milli Council also said if the Bill,
drafted in 2005 and to be tabled in the Parliament this
session, is passed in the present form, it will be a promise
of "unreality and illusion".

"The Bill in its present form is not going to give
any justice to the victims. It will be one of the most
draconian laws of the time as it gives more power to the state
rather than the victims," said Yusuf Hatim Mausala, executive
member of the council.

He said the Bill has a clause which gives the Central
government to declare an area in a state as "communally
disturbed", but it has no mention of what will happen to the
officials concerned if it is declared wrongly.

"Most of the time victims do not get compensation
easily because it takes so much to prove a person as a rioter
and someone as the suppressed," he explained.

He said it was unfair that people who took part in
riots have to give the compensation because in most cases they
turned out to be poor and just small players in the entire
incident.

The council also raised the issue of Equal Opportunity
Bill, 2008 and demanded it to be redrafted as they felt it
does not properly redress the grievances of minorities.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, December 15, 2009 - 00:02
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