MPs protest held at Gandhi statue in the Parliament premises : Joint Statement by Parliamentarians

Regarding the communal situation in the country and the fear among Religious Minorities in wake of Hashimpura Judgment, some MPs organiized a signature campaign followed by a protest. Many MPs participated in the protest at Gandhi Statue in the Parliament premises on 7th May, at 10 am.  The successive state Government’s negligence and failure in producing evidence before the court of law denied justice to the victims. Whereas promulgation of executive order in 1950, 10th August by President without the approval of Parliament amounted to denial of equal opportunity and choice of Religious Freedom not only to Dalits of the country but also to the Religious Minorities.  This was to voice their concern to ensure the citizenry in upholding Constitutional mandate of Social Justice beyond Religion.

The Demands were:

  1. A thorough investigation under the supervision of sitting Supreme Court judge to ensure confidence among Citizenry on the governance and the justice delivery system beyond delivering Justice to the victims. The Union Government and the State Government should take every possible effort in bringing the culprits to the book.
  2. We demand the Union of India to Extend the Scheduled Caste Status to Christians and Muslims of Scheduled Caste origin.

Fr. Devasagayaraj

Secretary, CBCI Office for SC/BC

 Mr. Samuel Jayakumar

  Executive Secretary, CoP, NCCI

Joint Statement by Parliamentarians

On the Protest Held at Gandhi Statue on 7th May, 2015

The pluralistic ethos and syncretic culture of this country were in peril as never before in the wake of Hashimpura Judgment compounded with incidents as reports of Media compiled by a veteran Journalist[1].  People of Minority communities specifically Christians and Muslim are living in pervasive insecurity.

The prevailing condition demands the voice of Public representatives inside the house and outside the hose as well.  The state failure in producing evidence on Hashimpura case in the Court or the issue of Scheduled Caste Status to Christians and Muslims of Scheduled Caste Origin has its seeds in the attitude of Governance in delivering Justice to the Religious Minorities and Dalits.  Though the UP government is going to appeal in the higher court, Justice cannot be expected unless a reinvestigation is done under the supervision of Sitting Supreme Court Judge as the case recorded non-response to the trail Court. The authorities ignoring the Court orders, refusing to cooperate with Commissions of enquiry poses a challenge to the functioning of the biggest democracy of the World.  Now the Union of India and the State governments are burdened to prove their faith in the constitution and allow its organs to function to meet the objective.

Denying Scheduled caste status to Christians and Muslims of Scheduled caste origin in another case where the Union of India not responding since 2004.  The promulgation of the Presidential order on 10th August 1950 itself without the approval of Provincial Parliament[2] is Unconstitutional.  This should be stopped immediately by delinking Scheduled caste status with religion and extending it to the communities of Scheduled caste origin irrespective of religion.

We Demand the Union of India to respond on both these cases and take appropriate action to upheld the Constitutional sprit and set-right the things for sab ka sath sab ka vikas.

[1] 300 days Documenting Hate and Communal Violence under the Modi Regime March 2015.

[2] 1960 AIR 430 ; 1960 SCR [2] 375

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