Civil Society Condemns Police Behaviour on the Protest in Kerala for Justice for Asifa

Civil Society Condemns Police Behaviour on the Protest in Kerala for Justice for Asifa...

Civil Society Condemns Police Behaviour on the Protest in Kerala for Justice for Asifa
With courtesy Countercurrents.org,

Civil Society Condemns Police Behaviour on the Protest in Kerala for Justice for Asifa

Many members of the civil society all over India are pouring in to condemn the police action on the protesters for justice for Asifa. We are producing a joint statement on this issue:

`The Kerala police arrested close to a thousand people on April 16, 2018 in connection with the harthal seeking Justice for Asifa. Several youths have been arrested and charged with non-bailable offences. Arrested youths belonged to various organizations including CPM, Muslim League, Congress and SDPI and many others did  not belong to any organization.

The effort was to highlight the rape of Asifa and democratically protest against the Sangh Parivar forces seeking for justice.  Accusing the protesters of creating communal tension is highly condemnable. While it is understood that the law must be upheld during harthals, accusing the protesters of communal polarization and arresting them on non – bailable charges is discriminatory and unethical.

It is evident that the leaders of political parties in Kerala including the CPI(M) are backing the Sangh Parivar notions that the protest for Asifa is against the Hindu society. There is an apparent lack of democratic growth to accept protests and gatherings that are conducted outside the conventional organizational frameworks or political backing. The Sangh Parivar forces have exaggerated the reports of violence during the day of harthal, and as such there needs to be an immediate release of all the accused arrested in the Malabar region during the last two days. Reducing  democratic protests and gatherings as mere tools for political gains, and demonizing people’s protest is dangerous. We demand that the state and police will rely on evidence on such matters, and withdraw from violating the human rights and freedom of expression of the citizens’

Endorsed by:

1.BRP Bhaskar, writer/journalist

2. Dr. TT Sreekumar, EFLU

3. Abdurahman, Editor

4. C.P. John, Former MLA

5. Dr. AK Ramakrishnan, Professor, JNU

6. Dr. B. Rajeevan, Writer

J. Devika, Researcher

NP Chekkooty, Writer

CK Abdul Aziz

K. Ambujakshan, Activist.

CR Neelakandan, Aam Admi Party

12. Shaik Muhammad Karakkunnu, Spiritul leader

Jithendrian Charvakan, Media Activist

B.S. Sherin

K.K. Baburaj

16. GRO Vasu, Human Rights Activist

P. Baburaj, Film Maker

18. Jeny Rovina

Hamid Vaniambalam, Writer

20. Binu Mathew, Editor,

21. Prof. MT Ansari

22, Salina Prakkanam

23. Rekha Raj, Human Rights Activist

24. Geethanandan, Activist

25, Sudesh M. Raghu

26. Prof. Hani Babu

27. Sreeja Neyyattinkara

28. Dr. Narayanan M. Shankaran

29. Anoop V.R.

30. Advocate K.K. Preetha

31. Dr. Varsha Basheer

32/ A. S. Ajith Kumar

33. S. Irshad

34. Roopesh Kumar

35. Afida Ahammed

36. M. Joseph John

37. P.M. Swalih

38. Gopal Menon, Film Maker

38, Nikhila Henri, Jounalist

40. C.T. Suhaib

41. M. Jisha, Film Activist

Abhilash Padacheri

Dr. Ranjith Thankappan , Professor, EFL University

Susie Tharu , Professor, Anveshi Research Centre, Hyderabad

Ansar Abubakar, National president, Fraternity Movement, New Delhi

46, Muthuvel, Writer and Translator, Chennai

Nikhila Henry, Journalist , Hyderabad

K P Sasi, Film Maker

Prof. Jeny rowena

Prof. M t ansari

Sreerag Poickadan, President, Students Union, University of Hyderabad

Ashique Rasool , Joint Secretary, Students Union , University of Hyderabad

Sannaki Munna , President, Ambedkar Students Association

Natasha Khan, Law Student, Chattisgarh.

Sowmya Dechamma, Associate Professor, university of Hyderabad

Abdullah Asim , Vice President, Students Union , Maulana Azad National Urdu University, Hyderabad

Srutheesh Kannadi, General Secretary, Ambedkar Students Association

Nadeem Khan, United Against Hate, New Delhi

Ansar Abubakar, National president, Fraternity Movement, New Delhi

Mrudula Bhavani, Activist, Kerala

Abhijith , Research Scholar, Cultural Studies, EFLU Hyderabad

Dr Narayanan M Shankaran, Lecturer, WMO College Wayanad, Kerala

Praveena Thaali, Research Scholar, University of Hyderabad

Dontha Prashanth , Research scholar, University of Hyderabad

65, Thahir Jamal, Research scholar,

University of Hyderabad

66, Manasi , Research scholar, University of Hyderabad

Alice Abraham, Research scholar,

University of Hyderabad

Anas Vithura, Research Scholar, University of Hyderabad

69, Shyamolie Singh, Research scholar, Jamia Millia Islamia

Dr. B Ravichandran, Post – Doctoral Fellow, University of Western Cape, South Africa

Thalleppalli Praveen , President, Birsa Ambedkar Phule Students Association, JNU, New Delhi

Heba Ahmed, Convenor, Youth for Discussions and Welfare Activities, JNU, New Delhi

K Ashraf , Research Scholar, University of Johannesburg, South Africa

Ummul Fayiza, Research Scholar, Centre for Political Studies, JNU, New Delhi

AP Muhammed Afsal, Journalist, Qatar

Shaheen K Moidunny, University of Leads, UK

78.  K K Suhail, Quill Foundation, New Delhi

Thalleppalli Praveen, President, Birsa Ambedkar Phule Students Association, JNU

Umar Khalid , JNU

Heba Ahmed, Convenor, Youth for discussions and Welfare Activities, JNU

Asad Ashraf , Senior Journalist, New Delhi

Arpita Jaya, Research Scholar, University of Hyderabad

Nahas Mala, President, Students Islamic Organization of India

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