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Bhopal: Twentysix leading human rights activists from all over India including Arundhathi Roy have condemned the recent statement of Kerala Chief Minister V. S. Achuthanandan that the state is going to be Islamic with Muslim majority within 20 years.
"The remark of the Kerala Chief Minister Achuthanandan endangers the communal harmony of the state and we urge him to withdraw his remarks with immediate effect". a joint statement released by these 26 activists on Thursday said.
They have strongly deplored the statement made by Mr. Achuthanandan about the alleged plans to convert youth of other religions in the state to Islam using money and marriage. His unsubstantiated and slanderous remarks tacitly support the Sangh Parivar smear campaign in which they said that a conversion plan called ‘Love Jihad' was used to lure Hindu and Christian youth in to the fold of Islam using money and other inducements. The Kerala High Court itself had called the bluff few months ago, the statement pointed out.
"We also express our concern at the continuing violation of human and civil rights unleashed by the Kerala police against Muslim youth in the state, especially in the district of Ernakulum, using the widely condemned attack on a college teacher as pretext. There have been many cases of illegal custody and torture in the interrogation centres secretly run by the Kerala Police, breaking into houses at midnight and physical and verbal harassment of women and total violation of the Supreme Court directives on custody and arrest", the statement stated.
The statement said that one of the leading human rights activists N. M. Siddique of National Confederation of Human Rights Organizations (NCHRO) was arrested and put in jail on a cooked up charge just because he had filed a petition before National Human Rights Commission NHRC about such incidents.
"We also seek intervention of National Human Rights Commission and National Commission for Minorities to stop the violations and police excesses in the state", the statement urged.
The signatories to the joint statement include: 1. Arundhati Roy, 2. Dr. B. D. Sharma, 3. Vara Vara Rao, 4. Sumit Chakravarty, 5. GN Saibaba, 6. Raj Kishore, 7. Meher Engineer, 8. Prof. Haragopal, 9. Prof. Manoranjan Mohanty, 10. Sanjay Kak, 11. Saroj Giri, 12. S. Bismillah, 13. Dr. Sunil Mandiwal, 14. Rona Wilson, 15. Dr. Zafarul Islam Khan, 16. Shiv Sunder, 17. Justice Hosbet Suresh, 18. Aaris Muhammad, 19. V. T. Rajshekar, 20. Nikhila Henry, 21. Nagari Babayya, 22. J. Devika, 23. Prof. T. B. Vijayakumar, 24. Dr. M. S. Jaiprakash, 25. E. Aboobacker and 26. Adv. K .P. Muhammad Shareef.
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