No need for Communal Violence Bill: RSS

Last Updated: Saturday, October 15, 2011 - 17:53

Gorakhpur (UP): Questioning the locus standi
of Sonia Gandhi-led National Advisory Council in drafting the
proposed Communal Violence Bill, the RSS on Saturday said the law
seeks to divide the society into majority and minority.
"The Communal Violence Bill, which the UPA government
proposes to bring in Parliament, seeks to divide the society
into majority and minority.

"Moreover, its provisions are against the majority
community and will hold it responsible for any communal riot
that takes place," RSS head of Pracharaks, Manmohan Vaidya,
told agency.

Vaidya also questioned the authority of NAC and sought to
know how it can formulate such laws. The draft of the Communal
Violence Bill was prepared by the NAC.

He said like some earlier "draconian" laws, the Communal
Violence Bill also holds a person guilty till he proves he is
"The onus of proving that a person caught under this law
is not guilty lies with the accused," Vaidya said.

The RSS is opposed to other provisions too where even
the "intentions" of causing communal disturbance can lead a
person or group in trouble.

"An attempt is being made to form a new code of law. The
present laws are well-equipped to deal with the issue. There
is no need for a Communal Violence Bill," Vaidya said.

The Centre will have several powers to intervene in case
of a communal riot as per the proposed legislation. This is
seen as an attempt to over-ride a state government which is
found acting in a "biased" manner or not taking appropriate
action when such an incident takes place, he said.

The Communal Violence Bill is set to come up for
discussion at the ongoing National Executive meet of the RSS,
Vaidya said.

The organisation will seek opinion from its members
across the country on this issue and also hold internal
debates to educate its members about the problems with regard
to the Bill, he said.

BJP has already labelled the Communal Violence Bill as
"dangerous" and one weighing heavily against the majority.

The party has also said it harms the federal structure of
the Constitution.


First Published: Saturday, October 15, 2011 - 17:53

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