Stop identifying victims by religion, Supreme Court hauls UP

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  1. parijataka

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    Stop identifying victims by religion, Supreme Court hauls UP govt for playing politics over Muzaffarnagar riots

    The Supreme Court Thursday said it was "deeply pained" as the Uttar Pradesh government, in two reports, gave the details of the affected people in the recent communal violence in Muzaffarnagar and other places on the basis of their religion.

    "Death is a death" and the "segregation" of the riot-affected people by their religious identities has "deeply pained us", said a bench of Chief Justice P. Sathasivam, Justice Ranjana Prakash Desai and Justice Ranjan Gogoi in the course of the hearing.

    "We are not happy with your report," observed Chief Justice Sathasivam as senior counsel Rajiv Dhawan told the court about steps taken by the state government for rehabilitation of the riot-affected people and follow-up police action to make people account for their acts leading to communal flare-up.

    Giving the details of the steps it had taken, the state government sought to dust itself of anything in which politics or electoral considerations could be read.

    It contended that there was no "bias" in handling the situation including extending relief and rehabilitation and proceedings against the people for their acts of alleged violence and instigation of mobs.

    The issue under examination, Dhawan told the court was whether there was a "communal bias in the handling of the situation".

    As advocate M.L. Sharma sought to project that Jats were being discriminated in relief and rehabilitation measures, Dhawan said that "if there are cases of discrimination, then he should specifically point out so that it could be addressed".

    At this, Chief Justice Sathasivam intervened. "We can't take it lightly. You will respond to Sharma's application," he said.

    As counsel Prashant Bhushan sought to press for a Central Bureau of Investigation probe into the revelation in a sting operation that police officials were not given a free hand in dealing with the situation, Dhawan urged the court to allow the state government to place before it all the details and then the court could look into the plea for an independent probe.

    Allowing the plea by Dhawan for more time, the court adjourned the hearing and directed the listing of the matter on Nov 21, asking the Utt
     
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    It's high time this happens. I wish it were extended to the whole media across the country and included caste too.

    It is really stupid to see headlines on articles like "Dalit man killed by lorry" or whatever, when it has no real context in terms of the news article.
     
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    parijataka Senior Member Senior Member

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    I believe Justice Sathasivam, son of a farmer in TN and of humble origins, is bringing about positive changes in SC.

    In recents times SC has really become a beacon of direction to correct and direct out corrupt politicians and bureucrats
     
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    I am glad that there is an All India outcry of using religion to divide society.
     
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    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

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    Well, possibly the media feels that the Lorry or the Lorry driver should check the caste before the man is run over!

    Indeed, things are taken to their ridiculous extent.

    But then this nation has been attuned to equate every aspect of life in such narrow schisms!
     
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