Muslim body seeks changes in communal violence Bill
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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.


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

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