New Delhi: Citing the growing incidents of mob lynching and hate crimes in the country, a group of of Muslim women, associated with the women organizations from 10 states, have launched a “manifesto”, ahead of general elections, demanding a strict law to curb crimes such as mob lynching and hate crimes. The women released the manifesto at a news conference in New Delhi, on Wednesday.
Some of the organizations from where the women came from are Awaaz-e-Niswan, Bebaak Collective, Muslim Mahila Manch, Sadbhavana Trust, etc.
The manifesto released by the women says: “State governments be reminded of its ‘sacrosanct duty’ to protect its citizens from lynch mobs and Parliament enact a special law against vigilante violence, and should follow the directives of the court to appoint local officers in order to monitor targeted violence.”
“The state must take cognizance of these hate crimes, and ensure compensation and legal support to the survivors,” it said.
The groups have also extended their support for ending the practice of triple talaq. However, they opposed the provision for punishment of three-year jail term for husbands under the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Ordinance, 2019.
The other demands made by the women are repeal of restrictions on slaughter and sale of cows, 33 per cent reservation for women in Parliament, scrapping of anti-conversion laws, implementation of the Sachar Committee report and ending female genital mutilation among Bohra Muslim women.