Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) has welcomed the recent directive by the Supreme Court of India to all states to appoint a senior police officer as the nodal officer in each district to effectively deal with the issue of cow vigilantism.
“This directive is testimony to the fact that the states have failed to deal with the menace of violence and mob-lynching in the name of gauraksha. We hope this will now act as a deterrent to those who take law in their own hands as the states will now play a more proactive role in preventing the harassment of its citizens under the guise of cow protection,” said Nusrat Ali the Secretary General of Jamaat.
On the murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh Secretary General JIH said: “Her murder bears resemblance to the murders committed earlier of rationalists Dabholkar, Pansare and Kalburgi and her killing is an attempt to stifle those voices of dissent that advocate justice and condemn fascism.
The murder has been committed to send a chilling message to all journalists on the line of duty that if they try to take on those who are building a climate of violence, bigotry and hate, then they will also meet a similar fate. This murder is thus a direct assault on the freedom of the press and all those who believe and support the freedom of expression. The cowardly attack is a grave threat to democracy and the rule of law in our country. Jamaat offers its condolences to her family and demands that all efforts be made to catch the culprits and award them strictest possible punishment’’.