India under threat from religious fanaticism: Supreme Court

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    The emergence of terror outfits motivated by religious fanaticism should not be allowed to destroy the basic structure of the Constitution, the Supreme Court today said while suggesting better governance and law enforcement to tackle it.

    Dealing with the issue of rise in terrorism globally, a bench of justices P Sathasivam and B S Chauhan said India has been a "victim" of terror attacks and stressed that it cannot be curbed unless everyone puts in sincere efforts.

    "Another trend common to both national and international terrorism is the emergence of terrorist groups motivated by religious fanaticism. Whenever the perpetrators are motivated by religious fanaticism or had secular goals and beliefs, they become susceptible to the idea of sacrificing their own life for carrying out the will of God, or Allah or in waging a 'holy war'.

    "It is important to note here that terrorism is abhorred and condemned by all the religions of the world. Terrorists conduct planned and coordinated attacks targeting innocent civilians with a view to infuse terror in the minds of people.

    India, particularly, has been a victim on several occasions," the bench said.

    Giving details of the terror strikes across the country since the Mumbai 1993 serial blasts, it said, "India being a secular State, such religious fanaticism which resulted in such terrorist acts should not be allowed to destroy the very basic structure of our Constitution. Unless every one of us put our sincere efforts to fight terrorism, we will not be able to curb this menace."

    The bench said "better governance and law enforcement is the real need of the hour" and "we must formulate long term as well as short term strategies to combat terrorism."

    The bench said more advanced technologies must be used for communication among law enforcement agencies and fighting terrorism would require a long term planning and "sustained multi-dimensional action".

    The apex court also suggested that there should be proper coordination between all the agencies and a quick response system must be established to tackle terrorism, rule of law must always be upheld and it is the duty of constitutional authority to defend the life and limb of its subjects.

    Terming terrorism as "plague for a nation or society", the bench said that India is one of the worst victims of the terrorist acts.

    It also observed that India has played a major role in strengthening international consensus against terrorism and is also a party to major international conventions against it.

    "India has played a major part in strengthening international consensus against terrorism in UN, Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) and South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC).

    "India is a party to major international conventions against terrorism and has also incorporated them in domestic legislation. These conventions and treaties condemn terrorist acts and expressly state the grave concern posed by terrorism," it said.

    India under threat from religious fanaticism, says SC in Mumbai blasts case - Indian Express

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