'Communal Violence Bill attempt to stem freedom of expression'

'Communal Violence Bill attempt to stem freedom of expression'

“The Union government has proposed the Communal Violence Bill with the interest of the minority community in mind and to punish the majority of Hindus. Sonia Gandhi is the chairperson of the Draft Committee that has anti-Hindu members including Teesta Setalvad, Mahesh Mondel, and minority community members such as Asgar Ali,” he said.

If the minority community attacks Hindus, the Bill will not come to their rescue. 

Besides, one needs government approval to take action against the minority community. Union government is empowered to dissolve a State government in case of an incident of communal violence in that state, under 355 of Indian Constitution by announcing it as internal law and order disturbance.

Union government will form a national authority with 7 members for protecting the minority community, and members of the minority community will hold key positions and be the majority in it, he added.

“District and states commissions will be formed in each state to award justice and compensation in case of communal violence. In case of a rape on a woman from minority community, a compensation of Rs 5 lakh to Rs 15 lakh will be awarded. 

However, in case of rape on Hindu women, it’s not a crime, instead a mere
compensation of Rs 30,000 will be paid as per the Bill,” said Hindu Janajagruti Samithi member Prashant Kumble.

“Karnataka has IPC, CRPC and TADA laws that are effective in curbing any incidences of communal violence. There is no need for a separate Bill.  It’s an effort by the union government to lure minority community,” he said.

Further he added that protests and signature campaign will be held in various districts of the state in this regard and memorandums will be submitted to Indian President Pratibha Patil.

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