'UPA trying to woo minorities'

The Hindu Hitharakshana Vedike came down heavily on the UPA government for trying to pass Prevention of Communal and Targeted Violence Bill 2011 in the winter session.

Speaking to presspersons here, Vedike Honourary President Vaman Shenoy said that the Bill is anti-Hindu and the Vedike will stage protest across Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts against the proposed Bill.

The Forum will stage a public meeting at Central Maidan in Mangalore on November 23 at 4 pm. A procession from Jyothi Circle to Central Maidan will be held on the occasion. Senior leaders will take part in the public meeting. The forum will also stage protest on Sunday at Gurpura. The protest will be staged at Bantwal, Puttur, Belthangady, Ullal, Karkala and Udupi on November 14 and at Surathkal, Mulky, Moodbidri, Kundapur and Sullia on November 15.

He said the UPA government has nurtured scams. To divert the attention of the public from the scams, the government has proposed to introduce the Bill in the Parliament session. Keeping in mind the forthcoming general election and to woo the minorities, the government is trying to pass Prevention of Communal and Targeted Violence Bill 2011.

Shenoy said “the Bill does not support the majority of the country. It aims at dividing the country and society on basis of caste and religion. The Bill is against the constitution.”
The Bill divides the Indian citizens as ‘group’ and ‘others.’ The group includes minority communities like Muslims, Christians, linguistic minorities and SC/ST. Hindus are addressed as others.

He said “the draft Bill presumes that the communal violence is created only by members of the majority and not by members of the minority community.

Accordingly, the offences committed by the members of majority community against members of the minority community are punishable. The draft Bill has different laws for Muslim and Hindu women, if they were the victim of communal violence,” he added.

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