Police arrested 63 madrasa children in Raja Bazar, Kolkata

Police arrested 63 madrasa children in Raja Bazar, Kolkata.

Children said to police that they where given training to become Terrorist in Madressa.

 

Local Media people in Bengal said they can’t report this matter as they are pressure from TMC

 Shame

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They can Kill us but THEY CAN’T KILL OUR IDEA OF FREEDOM AND LIBERTY. it have to be END.

 ROTTEN state of Pakistan can do WHATEVER they want to do but they can’t STOP us.

they can’t stop our RESISTANCE.

Today or tomorrow or near Future we will Bring CHANGE, REVOLUTION.

They can Kill us but THEY CAN’T KILL OUR IDEA OF FREEDOM AND LIBERTY. it have to be END. 

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Visa rejections bar Pakistani Hindus from going to India for funerals



Sources say Indian govt rejected visa applications of many families several times, raising various objections.

The Hindu community of Pakistan has demanded that the Indian government should issue visas to them so that they can participate in the funeral rituals of their deceased family members in India.

Amid other funeral rituals, Hindus consider the custom of scattering the cremated remains (ashes) of the dead in the Ganges River extremely important.

Traditionally, family members carry the ashes to Haridwar – an ancient city and important Hindu pilgrimage site in North India’s Uttarakhand state, where the River Ganges exits the Himalayan foothills.

The majority of Hindus living in Pakistan bury the dead instead of cremation. However, Hindus belonging to higher castes cremate their loved ones and then take their ashes to India to perform the last rituals at the Ganges.

Due to the recent Pak-India tensions, India has tightened its visa policy which has made it difficult for Pakistani Hindus to go to India for the funeral of their loved ones. Sources say that visa applications of many families have been rejected several times and returned with various objections.

Speaking to The Express Tribune, former Hindu parliamentarian Dewan Chand Chawla said that as per the Hindu belief, the ashes of cremated bodies must be scattered in holy waters.

The Ganges is personified in Hinduism as a goddess and followers believe that if a person’s ashes are scattered in it, that their next life will be improved.

“The mortal soul will not attain peace until the ashes of the deceased are washed away.

All sins of the deceased are washed away when the remains are scattered in the Ganges,” he said. “Haridwar is the holiest place for Hindus where deities were born.”

He said that at present, ashes of thousands of dead people are kept in different temples across Sindh, including Karachi, waiting to be taken to India.

“On the one hand, the Indian government claims to be a great democracy, while on the other hand, they are denying Pakistani Hindus their religious rights by not issuing visas,” he said.

Akin to Chawla, former Hindu parliamentarian Kanji Ram, who hails from Rahim Yar Khan district of Punjab, lamented that a large number of Hindus residing in Pakistan have to bury their loved ones against their religious practices.

However, in certain cities of Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab, there are Hindus who cremate the deceased.

“The Indian Embassy in Pakistan should provide visas to such families on humanitarian grounds and sympathy,” Kanji Ram said.

According to official statistics, there are currently over five million registered Hindus living in Pakistan but various Hindu organisations believe that the actual number is more than nine million.

Of the total, 80% of Hindus belong to the Dalit and other scheduled castes. Almost all people belonging to the lower castes bury their dead instead of cremating them.

In southern or lower Sindh, the majority of Hindus are settled in Hyderabad, Bhanbhur and Mirpur Khas divisions while in Punjab, most of them live in Rahim Yar Khan, Bahawalpur, Liaqatpur and Ahmadpur Sharqia. In these areas, Hindus either have a common cemetery or a separate graveyard for each caste.

Kanji Ram said that the exact count of cremations or burials of the deceased is unknown, adding that on average, cremation costs Rs20,000 to Rs25,000 depending on the conditions and a funeral pyre takes about 500–600 kilogrammes of wood to completely burn a body.  That apart, the travel and visa to take the ashes to Haridwar incurs additional costs, which is impossible for most Hindus in Pakistan to bear because of their low socio-economic status.

“Even though it is preferable to take the ashes to scatter it in the Ganga, the ritual can be performed over any other body of water, such as a flowing river, canal or the sea,” Kanji Ram added.

“However, Pakistani Hindus hope that the Indian government will deal with the matter seriously and will issue visas to families so that they can take the ashes of their loved ones to Haridwar.”

The Indian embassy says that it “actively facilitates visa applications of all Pakistani applicants including members of the Hindu community who want to travel to Haridwar to perform last rites of their family members.”

The advisory further add: “High Commission already issues visas to relatives who want to travel to India for performing the last rites of their relatives. The applicants wanting to travel to India for the last rites of their relatives are required to submit the death certificate of the person whose ashes are to be immersed, in addition to the applicant’s copy of NADRA card, copy of electricity or gas bill and a polio certificate.”
Published in The Express Tribune, January 29th, 2020.

 

55 Years of the Vested Property Act in Bangladesh and the situation of the Hindus

 


Bangladesh’s Enemy Property or Vested Property Act is a black law, instrumental-only in the persecution of the religious minority communities, mainly Hindus. The law was enacted originally by the Pakistani military regime in 1965 but has been amended by successive post-independent governments of Bangladesh. Its evil effects are oppressive to religious minorities, especially the Hindu population whose human rights are violated by this law.

The law also violates the following sections of the Bangladesh Constitution:

 Article 11: Democracy and human rights

 Article 13: Principles of ownership

 Article 27: Equality before law; and

 Article 28: Discrimination on grounds of religion, creed, and caste

Abusing this law, the government has seized almost three million acres of Hindu land (US States Department statistics) and leased them to Muslims. Indeed, the very application of the term ‘enemy’ to a ‘collective minority’ is a violation of democratic principles. In April 2001, the then government passed an Act ending the tenure of the repressive law. But in October 2002, the newly elected government passed an amendment to that bill, which virtually shelved the return of the confiscated properties to the real owners. There is hardly any Hindu family that has not been affected either directly or indirectly by the Enemy Property turned Vested Property Act. The number of affected members is increasing daily due the non-stop abuse of this law. Moreover, the whole process of handling the vested lands has created huge corruption in the country.

This law is worse than apartheid! It should have been repealed long ago. 20 million minority citizens of Bangladesh have been waiting anxiously for the last 55 years to see the end of this law, but it remains on the statute book because the huge vested properties have created an entrenched vested interest! The government and society must give a big push to repeal it completely, else Bangladesh cannot claim to be a civilized nation. The law is a curse for the country and our motherland should be free of this curse.

Timeline of the Enemy Property Act

1965: Government of Pakistan passed an executive order titled “Enemy Property (Custody and Regulation) Order II of 1965” under the provisions of Emergency powers and the “Defense of Pakistan Rules” on Sept. 9, 1965.

1968: The Supreme Court of Pakistan considered it a pure political issue asked the Government of Pakistan to explain viewpoint on the said Act in 1968 [21 DLR (SC) page 20].

1969: Government of Pakistan promulgated a new Ordinance, the Enemy Property (Continuance of Emergency Provision) Ordinance 1969 (Ordinance No. I of 1969). Field Marshall Ayub Khan handed over power to Pakistan Army Chief General Yahya Khan who promulgated Martial Law on 25 March 1969 and cancelled the then constitution of Pakistan on April 1, 1969. Notwithstanding cancellation of the constitution, to continue the Enemy Property Ordinance, a new Ordinance was incorporated retro-effective from March 25, 1969, which kept alive the most discriminatory law against Hindus till the formal declaration of Bangladesh on March 26, 1971.

1971: Independence was declared on March 26, 1971, and the proclamation of independence and formation of a provisional government of Bangladesh took place on April 10, 1971 in Mujibnagar, the temporary capital of the new country. The same day, the “Laws of Continuance Enforcement Order, 1971” was promulgated to keep in force all Pakistani laws in force in the then East Pakistan till March 25, 1971. Thus, Ordinance No. I of 1969, which was inconsistent with the spirit of the proclamation of independence of Bangladesh, remained alive in the new-born nation.

1972: Immediately after the war was over, the Government of Bangladesh on March 26, 1972, enforced the “Vesting of Property and Assets Order, 1972” through Order No. 29 of 1972.

1974: This order brought together the properties left behind by Pakistanis in Bangladesh and the erstwhile enemy properties of Pakistan in a single category. Then, on March 23, 1974, the Government of Bangladesh passed the Enemy Property (Continuance of) Emergency Provisions (Repeal) Act, Act XLV of 1974, repealing Ordinance I of 1969. But despite repealing Ordinance I of 1969, all enemy properties and firms vested with the Custodian of Enemy Property in the then East Pakistan remained vested in the Government of Bangladesh as “vested property.” At the same time, the Government of Bangladesh enacted the “Vested and Non-resident Property (Administration) Act” (Act XLVI of 1974).

1976: To help plots to grab Hindu lands by Muslims, in November 1976 the Government of Bangladesh repealed previous Act No. XLVI of 1974 by Ordinance XCII of 1976 with retrospective effect from the date of the enactment amended of Act XCIII of 1976.

1977-1990: Military dictator Gen. Zia-ur Rahman and later Gen. H.M. Ershad made the situation worse. Although Gen. Ershad declared that no new property would be declared as vested property and that properties already enlisted as vested would no longer be disposed of, the opposite happened. During these two Generals’ tenure, the abuse of this law made hundreds of thousands of Hindus homeless; they were forced to migrate to India, causing a major decline of minority population in Bangladesh.

1991: Bangladesh Nationalist Party won the election of 1991 and throughout its tenure until mid-1996 did not touch the Vested Property Act, which remained on the statute book as it was.

2001: The Government led by the Awami League took five years to place and pass a bill in parliament on April 11, 2001, the “Restoration of Vested Property Act, 2001” (Act No. 16 of 2001) near the end of its tenure. But the Act did not much help provide solutions to affected Hindus and made some issues more complicated because of inherent defects.

2002: In the October 2001 election, the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) led 4-party coalition formed the government, including Islamist elements. This government passed an amendment bill in parliament to the “Restoration of Vested Property Act 2001” on Nov. 26, 2002, which virtually shelved the return of confiscated properties to Hindus. This amendment allows Government unlimited time to return vested properties which are to remain under the control of Deputy Commissioners until a tribunal settles ownership. The amendment gives Deputy Commissioners the right to lease such properties until they are returned to their owners.

2009: The government was trying to reform the law, but the victim religious minorities want the law repealed completely and effectively.

No reform: repeal enemy property

On Sept. 5, 2009, Sangbad, a national daily published from Dhaka, wrote in its editorial ‘No reform, Repeal Enemy Property’. The newspaper questioned the rationale of the Enemy Property Act being reformed, argued, ‘we are doubtful about promises made by the government’ and wrote, ‘we expect that government should completely repeal the unconstitutional Vested Property Law instead of revision. This will free the affected people from harassment and deprival.’

2009-2017: Awami League came to power again. After marathon discussion and controversy, it passed “Vested Property Return (2nd amendment) Act 2013” and it was published in the government gazette on 10 October 2013 (46 number law of 2013). From 10 July 2013 to 30 September 2014 government of Bangladesh had published four gazette notification on this law, those are: 30 Sept 2014/ vested property return (2nd amendment) Act; 14 September 2014/ vested property return special appeal tribunal establishment gazette; 02 February 2014/ vested property return special appeal tribunal gazette and 10 October 2013/ vested property return tribunal gazette notification.

2020: One may think the government is keen to solve the problem, but it is 2020, not a single property was released to its owner and doubt prevails that, will it happen ever?

Bangladesh Minority Rights: Vision 2021

Bangladesh’s government declared ‘Vision 2021’ by which time the country would be a digital nation. Where will religious minorities stand then? In 2021, Bangladesh will be 50 years old. With the growth of the country, will minorities also grow? If the trend of last five decades continues and the Enemy Property Act also continues, minorities will have no hope. So, how does the Enemy Property Act fit in with a Digital Bangladesh?

Appeal

We appeal on behalf of the religious minorities, tribal and indigenous people of Bangladesh to the whole world community including political parties and government of Bangladesh, to come forward to uphold the basic rights and dignity of one of the most destitute populations (around 20 million) and save the Hindus from the atrocities of a black law called the “Enemy/ Property Act” which turned into the “Vested Property Act”. This is the moral responsibility of the world community to save people with a rich civilization and cultural heritage from being made extinct.

Sitangshu Guha is a freelance journalist & human rights activist; his email is guhasb@gmail.comBirendra Nath Adhikari contributed to the story. The views are of authors only and does not reflect opinion of CurrenTriggers.com. 

References:

Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: The Vested Property Act is a controversial law in Bangladesh that allows the Government to confiscate property from individuals it deems as an enemy of the state. Before the independence of Bangladesh in 1971, it was known as the Enemy Property Act and is still referred to as such in common parlance. The act is criticized as a tool for appropriating the lands of the minority population.

An inquiry into causes and consequences of deprivation of Hindu minorities in Bangladesh through the Vested Property Act by Professor Abul Barakat.

Deprivation of Hindu Community in Bangladesh: Living with Vested Property by Professor Abul Barakat.

USA State Department/ USCIRF: According to Professor (Dhaka University) Dr. Abul Barakat’s book ‘Deprivation od Bangladesh Hindu Community and Living with Enemy Property’ Hindus lost 2.6 million acres of land and property, which cost (in 2007) about 40 billion US Dollars (310668000 crores Taka). Present values in 2020 maybe $100Billions!

Hindu Girl Abducted From Wedding In Pakistan; Converted & Married-Off




A young Hindu bride from Pakistan’s Sindh province was kidnapped from the wedding, converted to Islam and later married off to a Muslim man reports the Times of India. 

Ravi Dawani, general secretary of the All Pakistan Hindu Panchayat, told TOI on Monday that it was the third instance in less than two weeks of Hindu girls being targeted, including a 15-year-old from Sindh who was kidnapped on January 15 and converted to Islam. “The bride from Hala in Matiari district of Sindh was converted to Islam at Banoria in Karachi and married off to one Shahrukh Memon,” Dawani said.

Dawani said a 25-year-old woman from Kot Gulam Mohammad town of Mirpur Khas district had also been taken away away from her home four days ago and converted to Islam. She is now married to a Muslim man identified as Ghulam Mustafa. “We are still to verify whether the woman got married to Mustafa against her wishes,” Dawani said.

Pakistan has witnessed an infinite number of horrific cases of abductions and forced conversions of non-Muslim girls recently. A Hindu girl was abducted, forcefully convert to Islam and married off to a Muslim man in October. A young girl Chandri Kolhi from Noukot, Mirpurkhas, was reportedly kidnapped, converted and married to Allah Dino in October.

Earlier, a group of Muslim men kidnapped a young girl in Sindh and her family claimed she was forcibly converted to Islam. A Hindu girl Namrita Chandani, a first-year medical student from Sindh’s Ghotki was found dead on a cot with a piece of cloth tied around her neck while her room was locked from inside.

The police declared that the girl committed suicide but her family members maintained that she was murdered. The victim’s brother, a medical consultant insisted that preliminary medical checkup confirmed that she was murdered.

According to a US-based Sindhi Foundation, over 1000 young Sindhi Hindu girls between the age of 12 and 28 are abducted, forcibly married and converted to Islam.

A 2015 report by the South Asia Partnership-Pakistan in collaboration with Aurat Foundation found that that at least 1,000 girls are violently converted to Islam in Pakistan every year. The report stated that the conversions take place in the Thar region, particularly in the districts of Umerkot, Tharparkar, Mirpur Khas, Sanghar, Ghotki and Jacobabad.

The report clearly blames wealthy landlords, extremist religious organisations, weak local courts and an indifferent administration as working together in this wicked scheme.

While in south Sindh the Hindu community members are mostly poor, in the north they are better off. Largely, it is girls from low-caste, poor Hindu families who are forcibly abducted and converted to Islam.

Harris Khalique, writer and Secretary-General of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, says madrassas provide an “institutional backing and that cannot happen if the state does not allow that. I rest the blame of such events fairly on the state, which fails its citizens.” These conversions reflect a potent mix of patriarchy, economic deprivation, and religious hierarchy, he says. “Most of these girls come from Scheduled Castes. The men they marry are mostly financially better off. Even if they are just marginally better off, they belong to a more privileged segment of society. It becomes a power dynamic.”

Under-age girls are especially exposed to conversions, says senior journalist Shahzeb Jillani. “Affluent Muslim farmers see them as an ideal choice for abductions, rape, and sexual exploitation in captivity. Some notorious religious institutions even not only endorse but also flaunt of these brutalities.

Jillani points out that Mirpur Khas, Tharparkar and Umerkot see the highest number of conversions. “The Pakistani army has traditionally viewed this population with suspicion,” he says.

The Pakistan army has expanded its direct and indirect presence in the region by supporting more madrassas and Islamic organizations. Therefore, the conversion of Hindu girls, especially in border areas, has direct connection with Pakistan’s national security, he adds.

Hindu Slaves managed flee from Umar Khayam after losing 3 lives

 

Hindu Slaves managed flee from Umar Khayam after losing 3 lives including 2 women and a Child. They have summited pplication of  rape, slavery etc. in police station Sultan Abad, Meer Pur Khas Sindh,Pakistan. in such cases police and courts return such slaves to owner. 

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Hindu temple vandalised in Chachro area of Tharparkar

 


A Hindu temple in the Chachro area of Tharparkar district was vandalised by unidentified individuals over the weekend.

Police said four suspects entered the Maata Rani Bhitiyani temple during the wee hours of Saturday and vandalised idols and desecrated holy books.

“We visit the temple every week and when we reached on Saturday we saw smoke rising from the temple. The hands of the idols were broken and their faces were smeared with paint, said local resident Prem Kumar.

Police have registered a case on Kumar’s complaint and initiated an investigation.

“We have found footprints of four suspects who escaped after the incident,” local SHO Hussain Bux Rajar said.

The SHO further added that they had collected samples of the footprints and were going ahead with their search with the help of local experts in tracking.

“This is the first-ever incident of attack on Hindu temple in the area,” he said and added that Muslims and Hindus have lived together for centuries in the area and never faced such a situation in the past.

The incident was widely condemned by people from all walks of life after the news made rounds on social media.

DIG Mirpurkhas, while speaking to the media, said police and Rangers have been deputed in the area to avert any further incident and assured that the suspects involved in the incident would be arrested soon.