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Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Only reconstruction of Babri Masjid can heal the wounds of Muslims: CIM

By TCN News,
London: On 19th anniversary of Babri Masjid demolition, Chairman of Council of Indian Muslims-UK (CIM), Mr. Munaf Zeena termed the demolition of Babri Masjid on 6 December 1992 by BJP led Hindu zealots as an unforgettable incident for Muslims.
“Destruction of Babri Mosque has left deep wounds in Muslims’ psyche while ongoing cases of harassment and extrajudicial killings of Muslim youths by law enforcement agencies have kept the wound ever fresh. The only thing that will heal that wound is the reconstruction of a mosque on its original site” said Mr. Zeena.
He blamed the political parties for using the Babri issue for their political gains even when they knew that it is quite a legal issue. He said: “19 years on, Indian Muslims have moved on but have forgotten nothing and the scars remain ever fresh. No one in the community has forgotten that it was a local legal issue and that the central and state governments shamelessly used government machinery to turn it into a religious and national problem. The Muslim leaders of 1960s and 70s were aware of this aspect and that was the reason why they never made it a main Muslim political demand. However, it was the Indian state which transformed this legal question into a political issue, simply to acquire a political legitimacy”.
He further said that the hatred and discrimination that were displayed on 6 December 1992 continue unabated with Muslim youths being harassed, tortured and detained under false charges of terrorism and their careers being destroyed.
“With the first ever case in Indian history since 1947; with the murderers of Muslims during Gujarat massacre 2002 being punished and Muslim youths in Hyderabad and Malegaon, albeit mercilessly tortured and wrongfully detained for years, being released, one sees some light at the end of the tunnel as it reflects some change. However, full justice is still a distant dream” Zeena added.

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