Who is saving you from harm?

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A bus full of passengers was traveling while. suddenly the weather changed and there was a huge downpour and lightening all around.

They could see that the lightening would appear to come towards the bus and then go elsewhere.

After 2 or 3 horrible instances of being saved from lightening, the driver stopped the bus about fifty feet away from a tree and said –

“We have somebody in the bus whose death is a certainty today.”

Because of that person everybody else will also get killed today.

Now listen carefully what I am saying ..

I want each person to come out of bus one by one and touch the tree trunk and come back.

Whom so ever death is certain will get caught up by the lightening and will die & everybody else will be saved”.

Man touching the treeThey had to force the 1st person to go and touch the tree and come back.

He reluctantly got down from the bus and went and touched the tree.

His heart leaped with joy when nothing happened and he was still alive.

This continued for rest of the passengers who were all relieved when they touched the tree and nothing happened.

When the last passenger’s turn came, everybody looked at him with accusing eyes.

That passenger was very afraid and reluctant since he was the only one left.

Everybody forced him to get down and go and touch the tree.

With a 100% fear of death in mind, the last passenger walked to the tree and touched it.

There was a huge sound of thunder and the lightening came down and hit the bus – yes the lightening hit the bus, and killed each and every passenger inside the bus.

It was because of the presence of this last passenger that, earlier,the entire bus was safe and the lightening could not strike the bus.

Who is saving you from harm?LIFE LEARNING from this..

At times, we try to take credit for our present achievements, but this could also be because of a person right next to us.

Look around you – Probably someone is there around you, in the form of Your Parents, Your Spouse, Your Children, Your Siblings, Your friends, etc, who are saving you from harm..!

ISIS ‘burned alive’ 20-Y-O Girl after she refused ‘extreme sex act,’ forces sex slaves to become prostitutes, UN rep says

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ISISIraq, May 26, 2015: Islamic State militants have allegedly burned a 20-year-old women alive because she refused to perform what a United Nations official deemed was an “extreme sex act.” The same official also disclosed that ISIS is forcing some sex slaves to be prostitutes.

As The Christian Post previously reported, Zainab Bangura, the U.N.’s special representative on sexual crimes in war, recently conducted interviews with displaced ISIS victims in Iraq and Syria, as she toured through five Middle East countries compiling information on ISIS’ sex crimes.

Bangura, who also visited Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon, recently spoke with the Middle East Eye and provided more shocking details of the horrors that women and children face at the hands of ISIS’ systemic sex trafficking operations.

“They commit rape, sexual slavery, forced prostitution and other acts of extreme brutality,” Bangura asserted. “We heard one case of a 20-year-old girl who was burned alive because she refused to perform an extreme sex act. We learned of many other sadistic sexual acts. We struggled to understand the mentality of people who commit such crimes.”

Through the course of Bangura’s investigation, she has gained an understanding of how ISIS processes religious minority women and girls through its sex slave operation. After capturing the women and girls, Bangura said militants check them to see if they are virgins and examine the women for the features before shipping them off to be sold in sex slave markets.

“After attacking a village, IS splits women from men and executes boys and men aged 14 and over. The women and mothers are separated; girls are stripped naked, tested for virginity and examined for breast size and prettiness,” she said. “The youngest, and those considered the prettiest virgins fetch higher prices and are sent to Raqqa, the IS stronghold.”

In a media briefing earlier this month, Bangura stated that ISIS even strips girls naked and puts them on display for sale in sex slave “bazaars.”

In her interview with Middle East Eye, she further explained the pecking order in which the ISIS chain of command gets to pick which girls they get to buy, take home, rape and beat.

“There is a hierarchy: sheikhs get first choice, then emirs, then fighters. They often take three or four girls each and keep them for a month or so, until they grow tired of a girl, when she goes back to market,” Bangura said. “At slave auctions, buyers haggle fiercely, driving down prices by disparaging girls as flat-chested or unattractive.”

As virgins are valued more in ISIS sex slave markets, Bangura told the media briefing that one enslaved woman, who was bought and sold by over 20 different ISIS fighters, was forced to undergo virginity restoration surgery each time she was give to another ISIS fighter. She also mentioned how another sex slave was sold over 22 times.

As more and more radicalized foreign fighters are joining ISIS from nations all over the world, Bangura said that means more fighters are coming with the expectation of receiving a sex slave or jihadi bride, thus continuing to fuel the market.

“To understand this, we must examine the concept of jihad al-nikah, or sexual jihad — whereby women’s bodies are used as part of supporting the IS campaign,” Bangura stated. “There are tens of thousands of men who expect that they will ‘get’ women to ‘marry.’ A woman’s contribution is to marry them and cater for them in many ways, including sexually. IS men may have a wife, as well as several slaves. We heard few stories of wives who helped the slaves to escape.”

– christian post

Pak: Muslims set Christian colony ablaze. Charges of blasphemy

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Burning crossLahore, May 25, 2015: Churches looted and vandalized; houses looted and then set on fire; residents threatened with death. Late yesterday afternoon an angry mob of Muslims attacked the Christian colony Dhup Sarri Lahore (Punjab province), after rumors  spread of a young Christian having committed an act of blasphemy. The fate of the accused, Humayun Masih, is unknown. The police tried to contain the riots, but many police officers were injured. A team of rangers is on site to control the situation.

Rev. Riaz Arif, from the Protestant church of St. Joseph Sanda, said: “Yesterday afternoon some Muslims saw Humayun Masih burn some papers containing sacred verses. The youth is mentally unstable and a drug addict, but a group of people took him and brought him to the police station of Gulshan Ravi to file a complaint. Given his condition, the officers did not take the issue seriously. “

At that point, the pastor continued, “some Muslim religious leaders gathered a crowd and spread the news. The situation became increasingly tense: Muslims blocked the road in protest against Christians demanding  Humayun be burned alive. The attack took place between 5-6pm”

The police intervened to stop the riots, using tear gas, but with little success. Even the deputy inspector general of police was injured. The Catholic church in the area was attacked; Bibles and religious books were burned. Some Christians have fled, others are still locked in their homes.

Fr. John Arshad, a priest of the Dhup Sarri Catholic church, explains: “I was doing my regular rounds after Sunday mass, when I received the news of a Christian man assaulted and taken to the police station. Together with Rizwan Paul and Malik Jahangir I went there, but when I arrived I saw Muslims vandalize and destroy everything that was in the church. I also heard gunshots. From what I know Humayun Masih is mentally unstable and in the custody of the police. “

In the hours after the attack news that the Christian had been killed spread. However, the priest adds, “I cannot confirm anything, the situation is still uncertain.”

On 15 March in Lahore two bombers blew themselves up at the entrance of two Christian churches in the Youhanabad colony.

– asianews

Bhopal gas disaster survivors lambast Modi govt for laxity towards criminal US corporations

May 27, 2015 by  
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bhopal gas tragedyBhopal, May 26, 2015: Survivors of the December ‘84 Union Carbide gas disaster on Tuesday condemned the NDA government for its failure to secure justice and provide rehabilitation to gas disaster victims and survivors during its one year rule.

“The year of Modi’s rule is a year of deliberate laxity by the government towards the criminal American corporations and neglect towards the medical care and economic rehabilitation of the victims,” an activist from one of the five Bhopal-based organizations fighting for the rights of the survivors told a press conference on the occasion of the completion of one year of the NDA government.

On the intervening night of December 2-3, 1984, a toxic gas leak from the Union Carbide Corporation’s pesticide plant in this Madhya Pradesh capital had killed and affected thousands of people. Around 3,000 people were killed instantly and many others suffered a lingering death over the years. It left victims injured and maimed, with many suffering lung cancer, kidney and liver failure and eye disorders after coming into contact with toxic methyl isocyanate (MIC) gas.

Rashida Bee, president of the Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Stationery Karmchari Sangh, said the organizations were particularly angry about the Modi government’s undue favours to Union Carbide’s owner Dow Chemical in the last one year.

Balkrishna Namdeo, president of the Bhopal Gas Peedit Nirashrit Pensionbhogee Sangharsh Morcha, said “The CBI that was prosecuting Dow Chemical’s Indian subsidiary, Dow Agro Sciences, knowingly suppressed evidence against the company and the criminal case of bribery was discharged by the CBI Special court last year”.

“In the last one year, the government has twice failed to make Dow Chemical appear in the Bhopal District Court in the criminal case on the disaster. It appears that Prime Minister Modi is sending a dangerous message to US corporations that they can do business in India but not obey the laws of the land,” said Nawab Khan, president of the Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Purush Sangharsh Morcha.

According to Rachna Dhingra of the Bhopal Group for Information and Action the NDA government’s tacit support for Dow Chemical is evident in its refusal to involve the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) in scientific assessment of the environmental contamination in and around the Bhopal factory. “The assessment by UNEP would have fixed Dow Chemical’s liability amount and cleared the way for clean-up of the toxic contamination but the Environment Minister nixed the possibility.”

The Bhopal survivors’ organizations said that the NDA government’s support to the American corporations is matched by its neglect toward the medical care and economic rehabilitation of the victims. “The Supreme Court’s Monitoring Committee has repeatedly pointed out the lack of doctors, good quality medicines and effective treatment protocols in the hospitals for the gas victims without any improvement in the last one year,” said Safreen Khan for the Children Against Dow Carbide. According to her, the central government has deliberately ignored complaints on large scale corruption in the economic rehabilitation of the survivors.

– tcn

Opposition campaign of spreading fear among minorities failed: Heptulla

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minorities in indiaNew Delhi, May 26, 2015: Fear was spread ahead of the general elections last year that “minorities, especially Muslims, would be killed and mistreated if the BJP-led NDA comes to power” but, after a year of the Narendra Modi government, this has been proved false, said Minority Affairs Minister Najma Heptulla.

“Muslims and other minorities are on the path of development and peace,” she said.

In an interview to IANS on the occasion of the Modi government completing one year in office, the minister said the opposition’s “false campaign” had an effect, but it did not last long and withered away.

“They (the opposition) said there would be communal riots and the ministry of minority affairs would be dissolved,” she said, adding that what happened instead was “just the opposite”.

“Nothing which the opposition was alleging happened and the minorities have realised that the National Democratic Alliance government was for all,” Heptulla said.

She cited examples like the case in Saudi Arabia where 40 Muslims from Bihar were arrested and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and others from the Modi government ensured their safe release, and the rescue operations in war-torn Yemen.

Heptulla told IANS that the government’s efforts in handling these situations made people realise that “the Modi government was not against minorities; it was, in fact, for them”.

On being asked how, she as minority affairs minister, plans to set right the government’s image which took a hit after incidents of attacks on churches across the country, she said that “it was the duty of the head of the government”.

“Head of the government has to give them the confidence… and the prime minister has done it by assuring them that no wrongdoer would be spared,” the minister said.

“He (Modi) has done it on various occasions, once on August 15 while addressing the country from the Red Fort, in the Lok Sabha and on various occasions… even internationally also, making it clear that the constitution was the most sacred book (on the basis of which the government would function),” she said.

Listing what the Modi government had done in the past one year for minorities, the minister said six points of the government’s plan for minorities, which were promised before general elections, were being implemented.

These include that youth, girls in particular, get education and jobs without discrimination; strengthening and modernisation of minority educational systems and institutions and others were being implemented sincerely and girls were being encouraged by giving them scholarships, she said.

All six minorities – Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Jains, Parsi and Buddhists – are being supported fully in whatever way the government could help them, she said.

The minister said the prime minister’s initiatives of Jan Dhan Yojna, Learn and Earn and other schemes were inter-linked and fulfilled the government’s larger goal of ‘Sabka saath, sabka vikas’.

– ians

Odisha: Pastor imprisoned for forced conversions?

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Christians JailedMumbai, May 25, 2015: Rev Timothy Chaitanya Murmu, Pentecostal minister in the village of Manohar (Odisha), has been in prison for the past four days on false charges of forced conversion.

Police in Anandpur arrested the clergyman last Wednesday for baptising 16 tribal people. According to the indictment, he allegedly “forced” them to embrace Christianity in exchange for money.

In September 2014, Rev Murmu celebrated the baptism of 16 tribal residents in the village of Baniajodi.

“The ceremony took place only after obtaining 16 notarised affidavits in which the catechumens said they had embraced Christianity of their own free will.”

However, “the pastor did not present his certificate of baptism, which occurred in 1980,” the GCIC leader noted. “Based on this legal technicality, required by the anti-conversion law, police arrested him.”

A so-called “anti-conversion law” is in place in Odisha, which theoretically bans all conversions achieved by force or monetary exchange.

However, the authorities often used it to persecute Christians, on false allegations of forced conversions.

– asianews

Analysis: Does gay marriage distract the church from fighting poverty?

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Catholic-Evangelical Summit on Overcoming PovertyU.S, May 26, 2015: Churches should stop spending so much time fighting against abortion and gay marriage and do more about poverty and suffering, some say. There are three important points to keep in mind when you hear this claim.

The topic of how much churches are doing about poverty gained attention recently due to a conference at Georgetown.

Hosted by the National Association of Evangelicals and Georgetown’s Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life, the May 11-13 Catholic-Evangelical Summit on Overcoming Poverty brought together both Evangelicals and Catholics, liberals and conservatives, to discuss how churches can better address poverty. There were 17 sessions in all. Solutions offered dealt not only with what local churches can do, but the roles government, business and labor can play as well.

The spirit of the conference was one of mutual cooperation — where can these diverse voices work together on points of agreement to deal with a serious problem. In that sense, the conference was a breath of fresh air, given the divisive rhetoric that often dominates our public debates. Sadly, some of the media coverage of the event was not consistent with this spirit.

Speakers included members of Congress and representatives from a number of religious groups, nonprofit organizations and think tanks. The most high profile speaker, and the one that, of course, got the most media coverage, was President Barack Obama, who appeared on a panel with Harvard political scientist Robert Putnam and American Enterprise Institute President Arthur Brooks.

To be fair, several of Obama’s comments were not in keeping with the spirit of the conference either.

He started well, noting that much of our poverty debates use straw man arguments: Liberals “just want to pour more money into social programs, and don’t care anything about culture or parenting or family structures.” Conservatives are “cold-hearted, free market, capitalist types who are reading Ayn Rand and think everybody are moochers.”

“The truth is more complicated,” Obama said.

As the discussion progressed, however, Obama engaged in some of the stereotyping he rightly condemned. The real obstacles to fighting poverty are Republican leaders and Fox News, he insinuated. He even used an argument that he already identified as straw man and blamed Ayn Rand-reading CEO’s for poverty. His comments about Fox News, especially, got a lot of media attention. (Fox News itself seemed particularly appreciative of the mention.)

Obama also suggested that churches should spend less time on the issues of abortion and gay marriage and more time on the issue of poverty.

“This may sound self-interested because these [poverty issues] are areas where I agree with the evangelical community and faith-based groups, and then there are issues where we have had disagreements around reproductive issues, or same-sex marriage, or what have you. And so, maybe it appears advantageous for me to want to focus on these issues of poverty, and not as much on these other issues. …

Obama continued: “There is great caring and great concern, but when it comes to what are you really going to the mat for, what’s the defining issue, when you’re talking in your congregations, what’s the thing that is really going to capture the essence of who we are as Christians, or as Catholics, or what have you, that this is oftentimes viewed as a ‘nice to have’ relative to an issue like abortion. That’s not across the board, but there sometimes has been that view, and certainly that’s how it’s perceived in our political circles,” he said.

The day before, The Washington Post’s Michelle Boorstein published an interview with Putnam in which he made a similar point.

After Boorstein asked, “where have the churches been?” Putnam answered, “The obvious fact is that over the last 30 years, most organized religion has focused on issues regarding sexual morality, such as abortion, gay marriage, all of those. I’m not saying if that’s good or bad, but that’s what they’ve been using all their resources for. This is the most obvious point in the world. It’s been entirely focused on issues of homosexuality and contraception and not at all focused on issues of poverty.”

The “entirely focused” quote naturally received a lot of attention from conservative Christians. The answer was odd, however, given that much of Putnam’s own work over nearly two decades, and his answer to the question right before that one, showed the exact opposite.

In Bowling Alone (2000) and American Grace (2013) (with David Campbell), he wrote much about the important role churches have played in alleviating poverty. And his most recent book, Our Kids (2015), continues that trend. So Putnam should be forgiven for one awkwardly worded sentence.

Putnam does not stop with his praise for the work of churches, he also talks about what more churches can do, given that poor children have become increasingly isolated from churches.

In an April interview with The Christian Post about Our Kids, he said: “Religious communities are really important. I’ve written a whole book about how important religious communities are, as a source of social support. I think the fact that working class people and working class kids have fallen away from religious communities is really unfortunate. So, I think there is a major role for churches to play, and not just with respect to family structure and marriage, but also with respect to helping these kids. They are desperately alone, these kids are.”

Besides the misrepresentations, and mis-emphases, that have occured in this current debate over whether the culture wars have distracted the church from fighting poverty, there are three important points to keep in mind.

1. Churches have done much, and can do more.

This point sounds so obvious one wonders why it needs to be said. After all, as long as there is poverty, churches can, and should, do more.

It needs to be said, though, because too often in these churches and poverty debates the message “churches need to do more” is interpreted as “churches have not done much,” and “churches have done a lot” is interpreted as “churches have done all they can.”

2. Liberals are making it harder for Christians to care for the poor.

One of the reasons churches and Christians have gotten involved in the culture wars is to defend their ability to continue caring for the poor.

There was some irony in Obama’s claim that “reproductive issues” were distracting the church from fighting poverty when his own administration is attempting to punish the Little Sisters of the Poor over “reproductive issues.”

The “little sisters” are not Christian Right culture warriors. It is a Catholic nonprofit social service agency that cares for poor elderly people.

The Little Sisters sued the Obama administration because the birth control mandate violated its religious beliefs. If Obama had his way, the Little Sisters would be paying fines that would otherwise be going to help the poor. If he really does not want “reproductive issues” to get in the way of caring for the poor, he could give the Little Sisters an exemption from the birth control mandate.

It is not just the Little Sisters, however. This same dynamic, of liberals prioritizing abortion or gay marriage above the poverty-alleviating work of Christian social service organizations, is playing out across several federal, state and local policies. In Massachusetts and the District of Columbia, for instance, Catholic adoption agencies have been forced out because they only place orphans in homes with a married mom and dad.

As state-recognized gay marriage spreads to more states, and may become national policy with a Supreme Court decision next month, Christian social service organizations could continue to be forced to choose between their faith and serving the poor, if exemptions are not provided. And as we have seen in states like Indiana and Louisiana, liberals have been fairly hostile to the notion of providing exemptions to Christians who do not follow liberal orthodoxy.

3. Fighting for marriage is an anti-poverty fight.

Lastly, one of the reasons Christians are so concerned about marriage is because they are concerned about poverty. If marriage is redefined in public policy, and that link between marriage and procreation is broken, the poor will suffer the most from the change, they point out.

Whether one agrees with this reasoning or not, there is no doubt that traditional marriage defenders are motivated out of a concern for the poor.

Listen, for instance, to Robert P. George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University, speaking at the Institute on Religion and Democracy’s 2014 Diane Knippers Memorial Lecture on Oct. 16, 2014. The video was taken during the Q&A, after George delivered his prepared remarks.

One can see in his body language, and hear in his voice, that he is speaking from the heart when he says he is in the marriage fight “precisely because I want to fight poverty. Because I want young people to grow up with the kinds of material, moral and spiritual advantages that you have only where there’s a healthy marriage culture.”

– christian post

Redeem the time

May 26, 2015 by  
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“ Making the best use of time, because the days are evil.”
Ephesians 5:16

That’s one of the Apostle Paul’s phrases (Ephesians 5:16);
the phrase is sometimes translated as “make the most of every opportunity,”
but I prefer “redeeming the time”.


Redemption language is mostly used in connection with salvation.
But the original context for that language was the slave market,
when a slave’s freedom was purchased.
When that happened, the slave was redeemed: bought at a price, paid in full, and set free.

It’s a striking picture of what Jesus did for you:
bought you at a price — his own blood — paid in full, and set you free.
You’re not a slave (to the devil, to sin, to fear, to death, to selfishness) anymore.

Jesus did even more: he then adopted you as his child,
and appointed you as his priest and ambassador.
He redeemed you.
Is there a better story in all the earth?

And this is the language Paul uses in relation to time: Redeem it.
Buy it back, set it free, and appoint it to a new purpose entirely.

So much of our time is “enslaved” — we’re stuck in traffic,
or waiting outside a doctor’s office, or sick in bed, or locked into a job we can barely stand.
Time is our taskmaster.
It rules us, and grinds us.


Well, redeem it:
pray in the traffic jam,
‘walk across the room’ in the Doctor’s office,
memorize the Word on your sick bed,
turn your menial tasks into acts of worship.


“When you do that, you rule time,
and it submits to you.You’re free “.

– fwd: v c mathews

Bangladesh: Catholic Church promotes interreligious dialogue against extremism

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minorities in bangladeshBangladesh, May 25, 2015: “We want our people to have ever greater skills in the field of inter-religious dialogue” so they know “how they should behave with people of other faiths”. This is what Fr. Ajit Costa, Omi tells AsiaNews commenting on the meeting that took place from May 18 to 23 at the Caritas headquarters in Khulna, Bangladesh’s third largest city.

The week of meetings and discussions focused on interreligious dialogue – which was attended by over 60 Catholics, including priests and nuns – was also promoted by the Episcopal Commission for Christian Unity and Interreligious Dialogue (Ec-Cuird).

“We shared our experience in the field of interreligious dialogue with them – said Fr. Costa, secretary of the Ec-Cuird – and also explained the teachings of the Catholic Church on this matter, so that they can be “better equipped”. The priest adds that their objectives include the need to “create a favorable environment” for dialogue and confrontation, so thatCatholics can contribute “to the removal of religious conflicts”.

Msgr. Bejoy N. D’Cruz, president of the Episcopal Commission, stresses the importance of “sharing” experiences “with people of other faiths,” listening “to their stories” and understanding them in a friendly atmosphere. “Interreligious dialogue is a part – he added – but it is an exchange of opinions in an atmosphere of respect.” For the bishop dialogue must lead to the understanding of the teachings and principles of a different religion while always remembering that diversity is a value.

Among the various participants AsiaNews gathered feedback from Marino D’Mondol, who is enthusiastic about the initiative which taught him important lessons. “I learned how to talk to a Muslim, a Hindu and people of other faiths,” said the man, who says he will know try to “respect” the other’s thinking in any future meeting and discussion.

“If we all knew how to dialogue and we put it into practice in daily life – the teacher adds – there would be no sectarian conflicts, wars, extremist attacks in this country and in the world.”

An expert in Islamic law, Alamgir Hossain and Hindu scholar, Ashok, also attended the seminar. Both stressed the value of dialogue between different faiths, inspired by the teachings of their respective religions. A significant presence, at a difficult time in the country (Sunni Muslim) and characterized by targeted attacks and violence against bloggers and minorities.

Fr. Noren Baidya concluded by admitting that the situation in the field of inter-religious dialogue in Bangladesh “cannot be called satisfactory” and this is why it is “necessary” to strengthen activities, initiatives, opportunities to meet and share experiences in order to become promoters of dialogue firsthand.

– asianews

Maharashtra Police notice to mosque asking to refrain from speaking against beef ban in sermons

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Muslim leaders in Nanded demand action against PI issuing notice aganist a Mosque. Maharashtra, May 23, 2015: Muslims in the city here are worried due to the issuance of notice to the Masjid-e-Sumayya in B and C colony asking to refrain from allowing sermons and appealing people to participate in any protest rallies against recently enacted beef ban law.

The notice that was issued few days back by Tirangah police station situated near city airport to the secretary of the Mosque has irked the community people who are viewing this as an attempt to polarize the social environment and to curtail fundamental rights of the people by the BJP led state government.

However, so far there is no report of any other mosque in the city to have received similar notice.

Leaders and representatives from different political parties including MIM and Congress on Friday met city SP Premjit Singh Dahiya and demanded strict action against PI Subhash Rathod who has issued the said notice.

Dahiya assured delegation of proper investigation in the matter and of legal action if the officer is found guilty.

Rathod told reporters on the issuance of notice, “There is a strong possibility that some political organizations might use mosque to ignite people’s feelings against beef ban law and thereby the peace and harmony in the city can be disturbed. As a precaution such notice is issued to the mosque authority”.

When asked if in past mosque was used as a platform to infuriate minority peoples’ feelings and the peace and tranquillity prevailing in the city was hampered, Rathod replied that never such incidence ever happened in the city but this time there is strong likelihood of such occurrence.

As per Section 149 of Code of Criminal Procedure in order to prevent a cognizable offence any police officer is entitled to interpose, to the best of his ability, the commission of cognizable offence.

Advocate Arshad from the city feels that even though police are entitled to issue notice under section 149, but added, “Such notice issued specifically against mosque implies that mosques are used to disturb peace and harmony of the society whereas the police have no evidence that such events ever happened. This is a clear attempt to terrorize Muslims and to restrict their freedom of speech”.

Another Advocate N. Khan from Vidarbh While speaking with TwoCircles.net termed this notice as ‘Unwanted indulgence in religious and social affairs of minority community’. He said, “The constitution of India grants every citizen to endorse his views even if it is against government’s enactment. This is what is called as freedom of speech. The person will be guilty if he uses any unlawful means to fulfill his views but speaking on the matters like beef ban that has left many jobless should never be viewed as unconstitutional”.

Maharashtra Congress unit too on Friday accused BJP-led state government of “indulging in religious and social polarization” due to issuance of such notice.

Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) chief Ashok Chavan while addressing a press conference here displayed a notice sent by a police inspector to the Mosque and said, “Does this mean you clamp down on opposing views?”

MIM city president Anwar Javed condemned the issuance of notice in strong word and said, “We have constitutional rights to raise our voice against government’s decision. Today you ask us not to voice against beef ban tomorrow you might ask as not to speak about many more minority related issues. This is an attack on the ‘freedom of speech’ of Muslims and we shall never tolerate this.

– tcn

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