The Uttar Pradesh authorities’s controversial anti-conversion ordinance has reworked the state into “the epicentre of politics of hate, division and bigotry”, a letter signed by 104 former IAS officers, together with former Nationwide Safety Adviser Shivshankar Menon, former International Secretary Nirupama Rao and former Adviser to the Prime Minister TKA Nair, and launched Tuesday mentioned.
Demanding that the “unlawful ordinance be withdrawn forthwith”, the signatories additionally mentioned all politicians, together with the Chief Minister, must “re-educate yourselves in regards to the Structure which you… have sworn to uphold”.
“… UP, as soon as often known as the cradle of the Ganga-Jamuna civilisation, has turn into the epicentre of the politics of hate, division and bigotry, and establishments of governance at the moment are steeped in communal poison,” the letter mentioned.
“… a collection of heinous atrocities dedicated by your administration towards younger Indians throughout Uttar Pradesh… Indians who’re merely searching for to stay their lives as free residents of a free nation.”
The letter flagged a number of situations of minorities being focused, together with a horrific case from UP’s Moradabad final week – wherein Rashid, 22, and Saleem, 25, have been accosted by alleged Bajrang Dal males, dragged to the police and arrested on allegations the latter pressured Pinki to marry him. In line with the letter, Pinki repeatedly advised the police and the court docket that she had married Rashid willingly and wished to stay together with her husband’s household.
“What’s inexcusable is the police remained mute as vigilantes harassed and interrogated the harmless couple. Pinki suffered a miscarriage, presumably on account of harassment,” the letter mentioned, quoting an Indian Categorical report that mentioned Rashid advised the attackers his spouse was pregnant.
Final week two youngsters in UP’s Bijnor have been ambushed, harassed and brought to a police station the place a case of “love jihad” was filed. One teen has been in jail for over per week for allegedly forcibly making an attempt to transform a 16-year-old Hindu woman – a cost denied by each the woman and her mom.
“Round 11.30 pm some individuals caught maintain of us – the villagers beat us up. They accused us of theft. They caught one boy, I do not know who he was, they usually caught me. I didn’t know who the boy was. It isn’t true that he was making an attempt to transform me,” the woman mentioned in a quick interview to NDTV.
“These atrocities, no matter indignation of Indians dedicated to rule of regulation, proceed unabated. The anti-conversion ordinance… is getting used as a stick with victimise particularly these Indian males who’re Muslim and ladies who dare to train their freedom of alternative,” they added.
The Allahabad Excessive Court docket made that very same level final week because it reunited an interfaith couple, underlining the girl is an grownup and had the “proper to stay life on her phrases”.
The court docket handed one other order final month that mentioned “interference in a private relationship would represent a critical encroachment into the appropriate to freedom of alternative of the 2 people”.
“…varied Excessive Courts, together with the Allahabad Excessive Court docket, have dominated unequivocally that selecting one’s life accomplice is a basic proper assured underneath the Structure, the state of UP is blithely undermining that very Structure,” the signatories mentioned.
The ordinance targets so-called “love jihad” crimes, which is the identify given to the right-wing conspiracy concept that Muslim males seduce Hindu ladies to have them convert to their faith.
The time period will not be one recognised by the centre however that hasn’t stopped a number of states from passing “anti-love jihad” legal guidelines that critics say can (and are) getting used to terrorise minorities.
The ordinance has additionally been criticised by 4 former judges, together with former Supreme Court docket choose Justice Madan B Lokur, who advised NDTV it was “unconstitutional”.
Learn the total textual content of the letter beneath: