Nationwide signature campaign for communal violence bill begins on Gandhi’s birth anniversary

    By TCN News,

    Muzaffarnagar: Khudai Khidmatgar, with other civil society organisations, today inaugurated nationwide signature campaign to demand early enactment of communal violence prevention act to protect the rights of minorities and the targeted groups in the nation.

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    In a joint statement they said that the recent violence in Muzaffarnagar is not the only violence of its kind. Besides several attempts to vitiate the atmosphere in UP, in states like Bihar, Haryana, Assam, Meghalaya, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh there have been several communal flare ups.

    Faisal Khan

    They added, “We believe that these violence are not the attack only on Muslim community alone, instead we consider this is the attack on humanity.”

    Being Mahatma Gandhiji’s Birthday, October 2 is celebrated as ‘International Day of Non-violence’. Prevention of violence also amounts to furtherance of non-violence, they said.

    Around 1000 victims form various camps near Kairana (Malakpur, Sunethii) will deliver 1000 letters to P.M office. To garner support for the early enactment of Communal violence Prevention Act, Khudai Khidmatgar along with other pro-people organizations is organising a 15-day campaign from 2nd October to 17th October.

    The campaign began from, Kairana, Malakpura camp in Muzaffarnagar, where thousands of people are living in camps due to recent communal violence, the first signature by the victims who lost his six family members in the recent riot. On the same day the campaign will be held in 50 places in various parts of the country till 17th October, when it will culminate at Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu. The petition will then be submitted to various constitutional authorities and political parties, to take necessary action for implementing the act.

    Khudai Khidmatgar leader Faisal Khan, while inaugurating the Campaign at N.A Convent School, Kairana in Muzaffarnagar said, “We need peace and unity in the Nation since we believe in the ideology of non-violence,” adding “violence in the name of religion, caste, etc should be thrown out from the society and we want to see our nation as a developed one and not in a diseased manner. If we fight among ourselves it will decrease the value of our country and affects the development”.

    Khudai Khidmatgar Ulema Wing Convenor Fateh Mohd and other members of Khudai Khidmatgar Qamar intekhab, Dr.Faraz Badar, Hammad siddiqui, Khawar Raheel Siddiqui Sanjay Chauhan, Zulfiqar, Dr Parwez, Akram Chaudhry, Sadik Chaudhary( Afkar India Foundation), Poonam Mittal, Mohd. Azim formed a team to get signature from the various relief camps and write post cards to The Prime Minister requesting him to pass the Communal violence bill.

    On these fifteen days of the Signature Campaign the team in various places will involve in activities like:

    1. Getting maximum number of signatures.
    2. Writing maximum number of post cards to The Prime Minister of Our Country.
    3. Distributing Pamphlets that carries the message about need of Communal Violence Bill.
    4. Organising discussions and street corner awareness meetings.
    5. Holding discussions with Representatives of Political parties and Social Activists regarding the communal violence bill.