India Rights & Wrongs
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The report carried in the telegraph of 17th November 2003 of
statements made by Praveen togadia at a meeting in Ahmedabad is
extremely disturbing. The irrational declarations of this
fundamentalist constitute a grave and
continuing threat to the democratic fabric of our society and
Togadia viciously attack secular forces working for justice for
victims of the Gujarat carnage and the families of those who
perished in the Sabarmati Express at Godhra. He singled out Teesta
Seetalwad as a prime target of his
hate speech and declared that she should be prevented from entering
SAHMAT strongly condemns this barely veiled call to the irrational
following of the VHP/ Bajrang dal/ Sangh Parivar to take the law
into their own hands and pursue individuals as the object of
murderous hate campaign.
The 82 year old Mr. Rawal who lost his wife and son in the Godhra
incident has repeatedly said that he is being pressurised and
subjected to threat. SAHMAT demands that the Gujarat Government and
administration ensure that
protection is provided to him immediately.
SAHMAT demands that Praveen Togadia should be restrained from making
offensive public statements targeting minority communities and
individuals working for peace and justice. If he does not desist
from his current hate
campaign SAHMAT demands that action be taken against him according
to the law of the land.
Issued by Ram Rahman
Sabrang Communications & Publishing Pvt. Ltd.