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“Can’t go by newspaper reports”: SC dismisses plea to probe Hindu persecution in Mewat

The SC (Supreme Court) has turned down a plea that sought protection for Hindus in the Muslim majority of Nuh district located in Haryana’s Mewat.

Advocate Vishnu Shankar Jain filed the petition on behalf of a group of lawyers and activists. The plea said “A number of Hindus have been forcibly converted to Islam and a number of Hindu women and minor girls have been abducted and raped. The Hindu women are not safe at all. The Muslims at a large number have committed atrocities on members of Schedule caste.”

The petitioners stressed the failure of the district administration, local police, and state government in ensuring that the fundamental right of life and liberty of the Hindu community was upheld. The plea also highlighted the decline in Nuh’s Hindu population which now stands at 10-11% as compared to 20% in 2011. In the meanwhile, the Muslim population here has risen considerably owning to the support extended by Tablighi Jamaat, the petition said.

The petition has been filed on the basis of a four-member committee report dated 31 May 2020. The committee members had visited the area and accordingly submitted their findings to Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar. In this regard, the petition says “The State of Haryana has failed to disclose the facts of various FIRs and complaints of various heinous crimes, lodged by Hindus against Muslims for their tortures and atrocities committed on them, leave apart taking any action on the said FIRs or complaints.”

Highlighting the plight of Hindus in the region, the petitioners said that the district has been overrun by anti-national elements and Hindus have been forced to lead the life of an animal. The petitioners requested the SC to constitute a Special Investigation Team (SIT) comprising of CBI and NIA officials as well as a retired SC judge as members to look into the allegations of forceful conversions, rape of Hindu women, and minor girls. Furthermore, the plea says that all sale deeds made by Hindus under coercion in the past decade should be canceled.

A 3-Judge Bench of CJI NV Ramana, Justices Hrishikesh Roy, and AS Bopanna heard the plea. The CJI remarked, “We cannot entertain this plea based on newspaper reports”. The SC then dismissed the case after raising questions about additional affidavits.

The Mewat region is a hotbed of Islamists with several reported cases of abductions, rapes, and forcible religious conversions of Hindu women into Islam. The SC has never taken cognizance of cases where Hindus have been victims.

In the present case as well the petitioners have relied on the report of a committee that had visited the area. Therefore, unlike what the SC said, the petition isn’t based on news reports but on ground reports. Isn’t it a travesty of justice that the courts wouldn’t even consider the plea where Hindu lives are at stake even as courts have taken suo moto cognizance in Covid cases based on media reports?

The SC that opens its doors at unearthly hours for terrorists but brushes aside insult to Hindu Dharma by stating that Hindutva is a political philosophy, can ever be expected to deliver justice to Hindus. Hindu lives don’t seem to matter to the country’s top courts whose judges have been recusing themselves from cases related to Bengal.

The SC had earlier rejected a plea seeking probe into the Kashmiri Hindu genocide and now it refuses to look into the plight of Hindus of Mewat. The SC is denying Hindus their fundamental rights through such judgments.

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