Arundhati, Mirwaiz in trouble on seditious statements

Anti Indian statements by politicians and social activists are being contested by NGOs and social leaders.

Two days after Hurriyat leaders Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Bilal Lone were heckled allegedly by activists of right-wing Hindu outfits at a seminar here, a criminal complaint was filed in a local court on Saturday, 27th Nov 2010, accusing the duo of waging a war against the country by making seditious statements. The complaint was filed by an NGO in the court of Judicial Magistrate Paramjit Kaur who fixed December one as the date for hearing evidences in the case.

In his complaint, Global Human Rights Council chairman Arvind Thakur contended that both the Hurriyat leaders had clear intentions to damage the integrity of the country. “Both Farooq and Lone always praise the policies of Pakistan against India and they themselves claim that Jammu and Kashmir is integral part of Pakistan,” he contended while adding thatspeeches of the two Hurriyat leaders at the seminar were designed to wage a war against the country and create circumstances detrimental to peace and harmony. “The speeches of Farooq and Lone are highly imflammable and directly hitting the national integrity and was an abetment for waging of war by challenging status of Jammu and Kashmir,” he contended.

In a similar incident, an Indian court ruled that award-winning author Arundhati Roy could face prosecution for allegedly speaking out on the disputed region of Kashmir. A court in Delhi allowed the registration of a case against Roy and hardline Kashmiri separatist Syed Ali Shah Geelani. Roy, winner of the prestigious Booker award for her novel “The God of Small Things” in 1997, is a fierce critic of Indian policy in Kashmir.

The writer and social activist shared a stage with Geelani in October and backed the idea of “azadi” or freedom for Kashmir, leading New Delhi police to look into charging her with sedition.
Originally, the Indian government was reported to be opposed to prosecuting her.

The main opposition Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party has called Roy’s comments seditious and accused the Congress-led government of looking the other way by not taking any legal action against her.

Sources:       Hindustantimes          AFP

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