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Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind Opposes UCC, Citing Threat to Religious Freedom

The announcement by Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind comes shortly after the Law Commission initiated a fresh consultation process on the UCC



Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind Opposes UCC, Citing Threat to Religious Freedom
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New Delhi: Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind, a prominent Muslim organization, has declared its opposition to the Uniform Civil Code (UCC), stating that it infringes upon the religious freedom guaranteed by the Indian Constitution. The organization, however, clarified that it will not resort to street protests but will employ lawful means to oppose the UCC.

The announcement by Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind comes shortly after the Law Commission initiated a fresh consultation process on the UCC, seeking input from various stakeholders, including religious organizations and the public.

In a statement, Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind expressed its strong opposition to the UCC, citing its contradiction with the religious freedom and fundamental rights protected under Articles 25 and 26 of the Indian Constitution. The organization emphasized that the Indian Constitution upholds secularism and grants complete religious freedom to all citizens, allowing them to choose their own religion without any official state religion.

During its executive meeting on Sunday, the Jamiat (Arshad Madani faction) passed a resolution opposing the UCC, alleging that it is an intentional effort to curtail the religious freedom of citizens and undermine the spirit of the Constitution.

Maulana Arshad Madani, the president of Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind, stated that the UCC issue concerns not only Muslims but all Indians. He emphasized that the organization will not compromise on religious affairs and worship and will utilize legal avenues to oppose the UCC.

Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind criticized the idea of implementing a UCC in a diverse and pluralistic society like India, where followers of different religions have coexisted peacefully for centuries. The organization claimed that the imposition of a UCC seems to be influenced by Article 44 of the Constitution, which it believes is being used to mislead the majority and neglect the diversity of the country.

The statement also highlighted the historical coexistence of various religious communities in India, with different customs and beliefs, without conflicts or tensions. The Jamiat emphasized that religious freedom is intrinsic to the Constitution’s spirit, while Article 44 remains an optional provision under the Directive Principles of State Policy, akin to the ban on liquor in the country.

According to Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind, the basic provisions listed under Chapter 3 of the Constitution cannot be altered by either Parliament or the Supreme Court. The organization accused certain individuals of attempting to mislead the majority by asserting that the UCC is an inherent part of the Constitution.

The Muslim body stressed that religious and social laws have granted freedom to minorities, tribes, and other communities, as their distinct identities are intertwined with their religious and social practices. It argued that these laws are fundamental to the unity and integrity of the country. Furthermore, the organization pointed out that citizens have historically followed their personal laws, and the Constitution recognizes and protects religious freedom based on this premise.

Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind concluded by reaffirming its opposition to the UCC and its commitment to upholding religious freedom within the framework of the law.


Jaipur Communal Tensions Following Biker’s Tragic Death

Biker fatally beaten in confrontation after motorcycle accident, succumbing to injuries.



Jaipur Communal Tensions Following Biker's Tragic Death
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Jaipur, Rajasthan: Communal tensions flared up in the Ramganj area and its vicinity in Jaipur, Rajasthan on Saturday, stemming from a tragic incident involving a motorcycle collision that led to a man’s demise.

According to the police, the unfortunate incident occurred at the Subhash Chowk locality in Jaipur. It was reported that after a collision between two motorcycles, a group of men allegedly assaulted one of the riders, resulting in his untimely death.

Late on Friday night, the collision transpired within the Subhash Chowk area, whereupon a group of men accompanying one of the motorcycle riders reportedly subjected the other rider, identified as Iqbal, to a brutal assault. Iqbal sustained severe injuries and was promptly rushed to the SMS Hospital. Tragically, he succumbed to his injuries while receiving medical treatment.

In the aftermath of this distressing incident, numerous shops in the predominantly Muslim-populated areas have been shuttered. Family members of the deceased, along with local residents, have congregated and are now demanding justice and punitive action against those responsible for the attack, as reported by PTI.

To quell the escalating tensions, additional police forces have been deployed in the region, and concerted efforts are underway to defuse the volatile situation, according to statements from the police to PTI.

A purported video of the incident has surfaced on social media platforms, although its authenticity cannot be independently verified at this time.

In a significant development, six individuals have been apprehended in connection with the case. Additionally, authorities have announced compensatory measures for the family of the deceased, as reported by India Today. The publication quoted the Jaipur Administration as stating, “A compensation of Rs 50 lakh, along with employment opportunities and a dairy booth, has been announced for Iqbal’s family. According to police sources, six individuals have been detained in connection with the case.”

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Father of Ujjain Rape Suspect Calls for Son’s Execution

People who didn’t aid the raped, injured, and naked 12-year-old girl may face child sex abuse law charges, A senior officer of the state police said.



Father of Ujjain Rape Suspect Calls for Son's Execution
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Ujjain: The father of the man arrested in connection with the alleged rape of a 12-year-old girl in Ujjain on Friday has called for his son to receive the death penalty. Meanwhile, the local bar association has appealed to lawyers not to defend the accused in court. The victim, a 12-year-old girl, was discovered walking on the city streets in a wounded condition, desperately seeking assistance from passersby who unfortunately turned her away.

The injured girl is currently receiving treatment at the Government Maharaja Tukojirao Holkar Women’s Hospital in Indore, where she underwent a major surgical procedure on Wednesday. A senior state police official has indicated that individuals who failed to assist the young girl when she went from door to door seeking help after the assault, which left her naked and bleeding, could potentially face charges under child sexual abuse laws. Such individuals may be charged under the POCSO Act for failing to report or register the commission of a crime, according to an NDTV report.

Bharat Soni, an auto-rickshaw driver, was taken into custody in connection with the case on Thursday. His father expressed his deep shame over the incident, stating, “It is a disgraceful act. I have not visited the hospital to see him, nor will I go to the police station or court. My son has committed a crime, and he should face the ultimate punishment, which is hanging,” as he conveyed his sentiments to reporters. It should be noted that Soni sustained injuries while allegedly attempting to flee during the investigation, according to the police’s statement on Thursday.

The Congress party has criticized the BJP government in Madhya Pradesh, where assembly elections are scheduled by year-end. Congress spokesperson Supriya Shrinate alleged that the state’s law-and-order situation had significantly deteriorated under the leadership of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

“In Madhya Pradesh, being a Dalit, tribal, or woman has seemingly become a crime. The state ranks highest in cases of minor rape. During Chouhan’s 18-year tenure, there have been 58,000 reported rape cases and 68,000 reported kidnapping cases. Yet, the country’s prime minister, home minister, and all BJP leaders remain conspicuously silent,” Shrinate conveyed to reporters in Delhi.

The distressing incident, captured by a CCTV camera, depicts the 12-year-old girl, partially undressed and bleeding following the assault, desperately seeking assistance from neighbors who callously refused her aid. Furthermore, in a shocking display of heartlessness, one individual can be seen shooing her away as she approaches him for help.

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Mob’s Bid to Enter CM N Biren Singh’s House in Imphal East, Manipur

Protests and clashes escalate in Imphal’s Manipur following tragic youth deaths; curfew reinstated in two districts.



Mob's Bid to Enter CM N Biren Singh's House in Imphal East, Manipur

Imphal: Tensions flared in Manipur as an enraged crowd, numbering in the hundreds, gathered outside the private residence of Chief Minister N Biren Singh in the Heingang area of Imphal East. Security forces successfully prevented their attempt to breach the premises, according to PTI sources. Notably, the residence was unoccupied at the time of the incident.

Earlier, the district magistrate of Imphal East had announced a temporary relaxation of movement restrictions, allowing for a window between 5 am and 11 am on Friday for the entire district. However, this relaxation coincided with a fresh outbreak of violence in the Imphal Valley, stemming from the tragic deaths of two youths whose images had triggered widespread protests across the northeastern state.

The parents of the deceased youths had appealed to the authorities to locate their children’s remains, underscoring the importance of conducting their final rites with the dignity they deserved. Subsequently, protests erupted, mainly led by students, in various areas of the state capital, including Uripok, Yaiskul, Sagolband, and Tera. The clashes between protesters and security personnel prompted the use of tear gas shells to maintain order.

To impede the advance of security forces into residential areas, demonstrators obstructed roads with burning tires, boulders, and iron pipes. Additionally, an enraged mob vandalized the District Commissioner’s office and set two vehicles on fire. In a separate incident, a BJP office in Khongjam, Thoubal district, was also set ablaze, as reported by the police.

Subsequently, curfew was reinstated in both Imphal East and West districts as security forces grappled with the ongoing violent protests, which had resulted in injuries to 65 demonstrators since Tuesday. Police initiated a search operation to recover stolen firearms and apprehend those responsible for the disturbances.

The Manipur Police issued a statement asserting their commitment to taking stern action against individuals involved in criminal activities.

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