Citizens for Justice and Peace

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    Petitioning Chief Justice of India

    Hold Kapil Mishra accountable for instigating violence, prosecute him

    Indian criminal law has provisions for prosecution of those who incite violence using hate speech. Why then is there no action against this BJP leader? Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP) appeals to the Chief Justice of India, to hold Kapil Mishra accountable. The North East district of Delhi was plagued by anti-minority violence from February 23, 2020. It cannot be denied that it was inflammatory speech by BJP leader Kapil Mishra that instigated the violence. On February 23, Mishra led a pro-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) rally close to the site of the anti-CAA protest near the Jafrabad metro station. At the protest site, standing next to a uniformed police officer he said, “We will remain peaceful till Trump leaves. After that we will not listen to you.”  A video of this speech may be viewed here: https://twitter.com/bajrangi4bjp/status/1231598317118918656 The blatant impunity with which he challenged the authority of the police in presence of a uniformed police officer is shocking to say the least. It also encourages people to take the law into their own hands. Earlier, on the same day Mishra helped build the anti-minority sentiment and support against anti-CAA protesters using a series of tweets: https://twitter.com/KapilMishra_IND/status/1231487062756515840 https://twitter.com/KapilMishra_IND/status/1231498376207716352 https://twitter.com/KapilMishra_IND/status/1231517388887252995 Times of India quoted him giving the Delhi police a three day ultimatum to remove the protesters saying, “Dilli Police ko teen din ka ultimatum — Jafrabad aur Chand Bagh ki sadkein khali karwaiye..iske baad hamein mat samjhaiyega...hum aapki bhi nahi sunenge..sirf teen din..” (Translation: We give the Delhi police three-day ultimatum to clear the streets of Jafrabad and Chand Bagh. After this, don’t try to make us understand. We will not listen to you. Just three days.) It is the second part of this ultimatum that is chilling as it virtually threatens violence by his supporters in case the police fail to evict the anti-CAA protesters. This legitimization of violence is nothing but hate speech as it indirectly incites violence against anti-CAA protesters. Previous instances where Kapil Mishra incited hate against minorities: On April 4, 2019, Kapil Sharma, MLA from the Karawal Nagar constituency in the Sixth Legislative Assembly of Delhi, tweeted a violence-inducing post, addressed to Congress president Rahul Gandhi. Misrepresenting the Islamic flag (moon and stars on a green background) with that which represents the state of Pakistan, Kapil Mishra tweeted, “Those who broke down the temples at Ayodhya, Kashi, Mathura and Somnath carried this flag. Those who killed the Sikh Gurus also carried this flag. All terrorists, anywhere, swear by this flag.” Before that, in February, 2019, following the Pulwama terror attack that left 40 CRPF jawans dead, Mishra also posted a series of hate-filled tweets, one of which called for the destruction of the “wombs that give birth to terrorists”. When incidents of violence against Kashmiri students began being reported from across the country, Mishra insisted that the stories were made up and dismissed them as fake news, even though videographic evidence became available. Mishra’s behaviour has been exceptionally toxic towards women on social media. In a tweet he suggested that designer Farah Khan Ali is part of the ecosystem that nurtures and shelters terrorists, alluding perhaps to her faith. He was particularly vicious towards CPI (ML) Polit Bureau member Kavita Krishnan, when she called him out for inciting genocide in wake of his comment about “wombs that give birth to terrorists”. But Kapil Mishra reserved his most vile comments for actor Swara Bhaskar. When the actor pointed to his tweet inciting genocide, he made a despicable comment about the actor alluding to a masturbation scene in one of her movies. In wake of these post-Pulwama comments, AAP suspended Mishra. He officially joined the BJP in August 2019. Read more here: (https://cjp.org.in/mla-kapil-mishra-spews-venom-against-islam-in-video/) We now demand that Kapil Mishra be held accountable for his words and actions. We demand his arrest for instigating interfaith violence in North East Delhi. We also demand that he be prosecuted under relevant sections of the law. Where the law stands on hateful and inflammatory speech: The first step towards acting on hate speech is to be alert in order to monitor/ tape/video–tape the entire text of such a speech. Sections 153A and 153B of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) oblige the state to prosecute those guilty of such violations. Section 295 of the CrPC is also a section that can be invoked whenever there are deliberate attempts to disrupt communal harmony. Thereafter, it is imperative to file a first information report (FIR). Experience shows that in the current political climate the police does not register an FIR and begin an investigation, even though duty bound to do so, unless it has clear political directions. Hence it is important for concerned citizens or organisations to register a complaint (either in person or by registered post) and, thereafter, if the police do not act, approach the courts to ask that such offences get investigated. You can file an FIR under section 154 of the CrPC by registering it with a local police station. If the police argue on issues of jurisdiction (delays the action stating that the hate speech or writing was made elsewhere) you can, under law, insist that by hearing these words or such writing in the media/in a pamphlet or on television, you have been aggrieved by it and hence wish to file it there. In the worst-case scenario, if the police refuse, you can obtain an order from a local Magistrate for registration of an FIR under Section 156(3) of the CrPC. Read more here: (https://cjp.org.in/understand-what-constitutes-hate-speech/) Complaints can also be filed with social media platforms in case of hate filled posts or tweets. In fact, Twitter has already taken down one tweet by Kapil Mishra dated February 23, 2020. Though it was retweeted, it is no longer visible: https://twitter.com/kaushkrahul/status/1231589551522500609  CC:The Commissioner of Police, DelhiThe chairman of the NHRC Signatories:Anil DharkerTeesta SetalvadJaved AnandAsha NehemiahVinod NehemiahCedric PrakashChitra PalekarLara JesaniDavid D’CostaVivek MonteiroRitwik KulkarniAravind VenugopalSanjeewani JainBilal KhanGuddi SLBalaji KaletwadPreeti ShekharDr. Ashok Dhawale

    Citizens for Justice and Peace
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    Petitioning People of India

    Ayodhya Dispute: Give Peace a Chance

    Citizens for Justice and Peace and several prominent Indians, from different walks of life, have filed a petition in the Supreme Court to intervene in the Ayodhya dispute case. We believe that this is neither a property dispute, nor a Hindu vs Muslim issue but a matter that affects the very soul of India. A lot of blood has been shed over this matter. It is time to put an end to religion based politics over the issue. It is now time to heal the wounds of December 6, 1992. The case has been scheduled for hearing in the Supreme court from February 8, 2018. You too can join our campaign by signing our online petition below. अयोध्या (अ - युद्धा) का मतलब है वह स्थान जिसे युद्ध से नहीं जीता जा सकता है। फिर भी विडम्बना है कि अयोध्या विवाद का नाम लेते ही ‘अलगाव’ और ‘रक्तपात’ का स्मरण होता है। अवध (अ-वध) का मतलब भी होता है कि वह धरती जहाँ कोई वध न हो। आज सभी भारतीय चाहते हैं कि यह अनमोल सांस्कृतिक शहर, समझदारी, संवाद और आपसी सहयोग का प्रतीक बने, न कि नफ़रत या टकराव का। Ayodhya means a place that cannot be won with war (or conflict). Yet our Ayodhya has been rife with a perpetrated dispute that has meant nothing but ‘othering’ and bloodshed. Awadh, too means a land where there is no dispute. Today, all Indians would want this precious cultural space to become a symbol, not of hatred and conflict, but of understanding, dialogue and mutual co-operation. Close to three dozen Indians from across the country and from various walks of life, representing the vast voiceless millions who have been held hostage to the politics of ‘othering’, have intervened in the Supreme Court of India, with support from Citizens for Justice and Peace, to pray that the Court restores to India and Ayodhya the precious Constitutional principles on which we were founded.. From Shyam Benegal, Aparna Sen, Om Thanvi, RB Sreekumar, Anand Patwardhan (Ram Ke Naam), Ganesh Devy, Medha Patkar, Aruna Roy, Anil Dharker, Ganesh Devy, Teesta Setalvad, Joy Sengupta, Cyrus Guzder, Ram Rahman, Sohail Hashmi, MK Raina , Dr. BT Lalitha Naik and John Dayal. Others include: Suman Mukhopadhyay, Kiran Nagarkar, Kumar Ketkar, Kalpana Kannabiran, KL Ashok, KP Sripala, AK Subbaiah, Suresh Bhatt Bakrabail, Prof G Haragopal, N. Babaiah, Tanaz Dara Mody, Muniza Khan, Tanveer Jafri and Dolphy D'souza. Ayodhya for Peace and Harmony It is time that responsible citizens intervene and make a powerful argument that the Court does not treat this as a property dispute. As even if it is it is a battle of unequals given that those who committed crimes in the past are now in positions of power, and the Court refer the matter to a Constitutional bench and treat it as an issue that has hit at the fundamentals of a secular democratic republic. The Supreme under Article 142 has powers to ensure "doing complete justice" in any matter. Here we argue that Article 142 gives the SC to resolve a public dispute in any which way it chooses, even outside the purview of the two parties. And we propose to pray for the space where Babri Masjid once stood to be actually a neutral Constitutional space that signals a new harmonious beginning for India. And which says NO to the Politics of Violence. No to Festering Hatred The Babri Masjid dispute has been created by an onslaught on India's Constitutional space since (first the 1940s) and especially since 1983 when various organisations, acting in the name of politicised faith, made it into an all out campaign that resulted in the crime that was committed in full public view on December 6, 1992. Before and after that, targeted pogroms against India's largest minority, its Muslims, were launched and a reading of the Liberhans Committee report officially established the blood and gore that permeated India's public sphere, as the infamous Rath Yatra wound its way through India beginning with Somnath, Gujarat. Lives were lost, properties destroyed and worse, a public discourse of intense othering and hatred resulted. Then came the High Court judgement of September 30, 2010 that stunned citizens further. It was a flawed verdict in every sense since a Court should never go into matters of faith. Now with a political dispensation commandeered by the very forces that were responsible for this campaign, ‘othering’, hate mongering and bloodletting in positions of Constitutional Governance, we believe that the voiceless Indian who has been kept out of the adjudication and held as hostile spectator in this perpetrated conflict needs to intervene. Let India show the world that its precious legacy of mutual negotiation and cooperation is real and we are mature enough to move into the 21st century, drawing on each Indian's strength, not at war within. For more information visit: https://cjp.org.in/peace-in-ayodhya/

    Citizens for Justice and Peace
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