22 February 2018

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04/01/2015 INDIA

Indian Jesuit backs Supreme Court decision against leaders behind Babri Masjid demolition

The highest court in the land issues notices to leading members of the ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The latter had been acquitted on charges of “criminal conspiracy” in connection with the violence of 6 December 1992 in Ayodhya. For Fr Cedric Prakash SJ, we need to “ensure that the generations to come will be able to live without fear in a free, tolerant and pluralistic India".

Mumbai (AsiaNews) – “This is a step in the right direction", said Fr Cedric Prakash, SJ, director of the Jesuit Prashant Centre for Human Rights, Justice and Peace in Ahmedabad.

Fr Prakash spoke to AsiaNews after the Supreme Court of India issued notices to leading members of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in connection with a "criminal conspiracy” to demolish the Babri Masjid (Babur mosque) in Ayodhya.

On 6 December 1992, some 150,000 Hindu extremists from the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) attacked and demolished the Babri Masjid (pictured).

According to Hindus, the old mosque stood on the ruins of a temple dedicated to the god Ram. This action led to riots pitting Hindus against Muslims across the country.

Chief Justice HL Dattu issued notices on a plea filed by Haji Mahboob Ahmad, one of the petitioners in the Babri mosque case, against a ruling by the Allahabad High Court dropping criminal conspiracy charges against right-wingers involved in the demolition of the Babri mosque.

In 2011, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) expressed doubts about the ruling, judging it "inconsistent with the previous judgment rendered by the Allahabad high court on February 12, 2001". However, according to Ahmad, the CBI took a softer line against BJP leaders after the party came to power in New Delhi.

"The demolition of the Babri Masjid 6 December 1992,” Fr Prakash told AsiaNews, “is a stain on the country’s secular and pluralistic character.”

For the Jesuit clergyman, “The government of the time should have done everything possible to bring to trial those responsible for this despicable act. Even the Supreme Court could have acted on its own."

“What will come of these notices is anybody's guess,” he said. “However, despite the time that has gone by, it is never too late for the cause of justice to be served”.

Now, “The people of India will be waiting for the Supreme Court to act decisively in this matter and thereby ensure that the generations to come will be able to live without fear in a free, tolerant and pluralistic India".

See also

22/09/2010 INDIA
No to more violence over Ayodhya’s Babri Masjid, Hindu leader says
Trepidation grows as the ruling on the Babri mosque demolition in Ayodhya approaches. A rising leader in the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party tries to reassure, saying that shared progress, not religious issues, is the goal.

25/11/2009 INDIA
BJP leaders blamed for the destruction of the Ayodhya mosque
The investigation by Justice Liberhan points the finger at L K Advani, M M Joshi and former Prime Minister A B Vajpayee for their complicity with Hindu extremists in the demolition of the mosque in 1992. Disorders that followed the destruction led to the death of more than 2,000 people, mostly Muslims.

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Demolition of Babri Mosque: Supreme Court incriminates three Bjp leaders

Lal Krishna Advani, Murali Manohar Joshi and Uma Bharti will be tried within four weeks. The sentence will be issued at most within two years. Former Chef Minister of Uttar Pradesh escapes court proceedings thanks to governor immunity. Ram Puniyani: "Hopes of Justice After 25 Years".


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Hindu fundamentalists slam plan to pay additional compensation to victims of Gujarat riots
India’s central government wants to provide additional aid to victims of the 2002 Gujarat massacre, but the decision draws sharp criticism from the Bharatiya Janata Party which accuses the government of trying to buy Muslim votes in an upcoming state election.

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