To: Indian Parliament
We demand Parliament to make suitable amendment in the Bill, if any necessary, and immediately pass it without any further delay….
Many lives could have been saved if the Communal Violence bill was in place, and the Central government would have intervened.…
We demand swift deployment of central forces independently in the wake of any future riot, and such forces should act independently, without requesting the state government and without acting under their command.
The communal violence always flares up around skirmishes among religious communities and the state administration allows it to escalate, overtly or covertly allowing extremists to go on rampage, unleashing death and mayhem… When enough damage is done and media pressure becomes unmanageable, then authorities swing into action to control situation…
Communal Violence (Prevention, Control and Rehabilitation of Victims) Bill was first introduced in Rajya Sabha in 2005 and then referred to Parliamentary Standing Committee, which submitted its report to Parliament in 2006.
The committee then issued reminders after reminders in March 2007, December 2008, February 2009, December 2009 and in February 2010 for consideration and passing of the Bill.
The bill proposed constitution of a body -National Authority for Communal Harmony, Justice and Reparation - by the Centre to exercise the powers and perform the functions assigned to it under this Act.
The provisions of the Bill included action against public servants for dereliction of duty, culpability for breach of responsibility, sanction for prosecution of public servants, accountability, victims' rights, relief and rehabilitation for all affected persons and a national standard for payment of compensation to victims.
The bill has not been enacted till date due to lack ofsincerity, moral depravation of political class and their large scale criminality, which is holding the country at ransom.
Although, the riots are continuing to happen with regularity, but after major ones, the government says it will get the bill enacted, shows some activity just to pacify the affected community,... and forgets thereafter….waiting for another one…and it keeps on happening.
Meanwhile, we request the honorable Supreme Court of India, being the guardian of fundamental rights, to do the needful and say enough is enough….. there should be stern action against the culprits as well as the existing administration, overhaul of Police system to make them impartial.
We request “preventative measures” and not “riots post mortem” and
then releasing culprits due to “lack of evidence”.