PUCL Bulletin, November 2002
Workshop on 'Challenge
of Communalism' disrupted
-- By Neelofar Haram
Condemning the UP
government, Shri Ravi Kiran Jain, President of UP PUCL and a National
Organising Secretary of the PUCL, said that while the highly inflammable
communal activities of the VHP and the Bajrang Dal were allowed, peaceful
meetings were prohibited.
had in the recent past allowed the Vishwa Hindu Parishad and the Bajrang
Dal to hold their highly inflammatory communal activities like arms training
and Shila-Pujan at the prohibited area. The government was compelled to
intervene only when the Supreme Court stepped in," UP PUCL president
He further added that
disrupting a Work Shop on the 'Challenge of Communalism' should be condemned
by one and all who believed in national harmony and civil liberty and
He said that holding
meets like workshops, symposia, seminars, etc., was a fundamental right
of every citizen under Article 19 of the Constitution. He called the action
of the government a most despicable fascist act which surpassed even the
black-deeds of the days of emergency.
of Cr.P.C. could impose a ban on an assembly of people only at a public
place and not on a hall meeting," he said.
Shri Ravi Kiran Jain announced that the UP PUCL would raise the issue of the arrested persons before the Lucknow bench of the UP High Court since it was a case of serious and disgraceful violation of Human Rights. He pointed out that the UP Government's record in the area of Civil Liberties and Human Rights was bleak. It had shown utter disregard of the directives of the High Court for the establishment of a State Human Rights Commission as provided in the Protection of Human Rights Act 1993 for about six years and only this month had set up the Commission.