Qaatil na jaane kitne dunya meiN phir rahe haiN (Innumerable murderers are roaming free in the world)
Phaansi ke waaste phir kya main hi rah gaya huN (Am I then the only one singled out for being hanged?)
It can now be said with certainty that Muslims, both criminals and falsely accused, are more likely to be arrested, more likely to charged, more likely to be proved guilty, more likely to be sentenced to death and more likely to be executed. This points not only to the discrimination prevailing in the legal machinery, Police being the major culprit, but also to the inability of Muslims, due to their lower socioeconomic conditions to fight the costly legal battles. Of course, when politics gets involved, their chances of avoiding punishment become considerably low. The government finds it harder to accept the mercy appeals of Muslim convicts because the media had already done its job in building mass opinion in favour of their hanging. writes Dr Javed Jamil,
The news that Yakub Memon, an accused in Mumbai blasts, may be sentenced to death on30th July has already stirred controversy. If this happens, it will be the fourth execution in 21stCentury India. Three out of them are Muslims. Does this mean that the Indian judicial system is becoming increasingly intolerant of Muslims? If the statistics are any indication, this certainly seems to be the case. In Independent India, a total of 56 have been executed, according to official figures. Before these 3 cases, most of them were non-Muslims. According to unofficial figures, 169 executions have been reported, 11 of which are Muslims.
The argument can be given that this shows rising involvement of Muslims in terrorist activities. This again is a blatant distortion of the facts. Terrorism in India is not a Muslim monopoly, as the Hindutva Brigade wants us to believe but a Hindu dominant phenomenon. Asw I have pointed out in my write-ups in the past, the number of deats attributed to Muslim terrorist outfits does not cross 1500 mark in a total number of 41000 deaths in last 20 years. According to Indian Express report,
“Over 12,000 people, including security force personnel, have been killed by Naxals in nine Left Wing Extremism-hit states in the past 20 years.
Of the total 12,183 people killed, 9,471 were civilians and 2,712 central and state security force personnel, the Home Ministry said in reply to an RTI query. The killings were reported in Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal.”
The number of the people killed in terrorists allegedly executed by Muslims is surely much less than the numbers of people killed in violence committed by other groups. But when in a violent attack, which can be attributed to Muslim terrorists, some casualties occur they are given much bigger and longer prominence in national media than when even bigger casualties occur in other violent attacks. In recent years it has been proved that many of the terrorist attacks that were originally alleged to have been committed by Muslim groups were found to have been planned or executed by Hindu organisations or individuals.
The trend in recent years has been that while the Hindutva lobbies and the media try to project all terrorist violence as Muslim, some Muslim leaders and media men behave as if a Muslim cannot be a terrorist at all. Both are extreme positions that need to be dismissed with the contempt they deserve. The truth is that while the majority of terrorism related violence in India in last 40 years has been non-Muslim, some terrorist attacks might have been perpetrated by Muslims. But If we count the deaths in terrorist attacks allegedly by Muslim outfits, these do no cross 1500. These include all the major attacks including the serial Mumbai attacks after Babri Masjid demolition and 26/11 attack in Mumbai.
The following is the list of famous attacks that have been attributed to Muslims:
Terrorist attacks in Mumbai include:
· 12 March 1993 – Series of 13 bombs go off, killing 257
· 6 December 2002 – Bomb goes off in a bus in Ghatkopar, killing 2
· 27 January 2003 – Bomb goes off on a bicycle in Vile Parle, killing 1
· 14 March 2003 – Bomb goes off in a train in Mulund, killing 10
· 28 July 2003 – Bomb goes off in a bus in Ghatkopar, killing 4
· 25 August 2003 – Two Bombs go off in cars near the Gateway of India and Zaveri Bazaar, killing 50
· 11 July 2006 – Series of seven bombs go off in trains, killing 209
· 26 November 2008 to 29 November 2008 – Coordinated series of attacks, killing at least 172.
· 13 July 2011 – Three coordinated bomb explosions at different locations, killing 26
Terrorist attacks elsewhere in Maharashtra:
· 13 February 2010 – a bomb explosion at the German Bakery in Pune killed fourteen people, and injured at least 60 more
· 1 August 2012 – four bomb explosion at various locations on JM Road, Pune injured 1 person
29 October 2005 Delhi bombings
Three explosions went off in the Indian capital of New Delhi on 29 October 2005, which killed more than 60 people and injured at least 200 others. The high number of casualties made the bombings the deadliest attack in India in 2005. It was followed by 5 bomb blasts on 13 September 2008.
2001 Attack on Indian parliament
Terrorists on 13 December 2001 attacked the Parliament of India, resulting in a 45-minute gun battle in which 9 policemen and parliament staff were killed. All five terrorists were also killed by the security forces and were identified as Pakistani nationals.
2005 Ayodhya attacks
Following the two-hour gunfight between Lashkar-e-Toiba terrorists based in Pakistan and Indian police, in which six terrorists were killed, opposition parties called for a nationwide strike with the country’s leaders condemning the attack, believed to have been masterminded by Dawood Ibrahim.
2010 Varanasi blasts
On 7 December 2010, another blast occurred in Varanasi, that killed immediately a toddler, and set off a stampede in which 20 people, including four foreigners, were injured.
2006 Varanasi blasts
A series of blasts occurred across the Hindu holy city of Varanasi on 7 March 2006. Fifteen people are reported to have been killed and as many as 101 others were injured.
2008 Bangalore serial blasts occurred on 25 July 2008 in Bangalore, India. A series of nine bombs exploded in which two people were killed and 20 injured. According to the Bangalore City Police, the blasts were caused by low-intensity crude bombs triggered by timers.
2010 Bangalore stadium bombing occurred on 17 April 2010 in M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore, India. Two bombs exploded in a heavily packed Cricket stadium in which fifteen people were injured. A third bomb was found and diffused outside the stadium
· September 13, 2008: Serial blasts in Delhi killed at least 24 people and injured more than 100
· May 2008: Eight serial blasts rock Jaipur in a span of 12 minutes leaving 65 dead and over 150 injured
· August 2007: 30 dead, 60 hurt in Hyderabad ‘terror’ strike
· September 2006: 30 dead and 100 hurt in twin blasts at a mosque in Malegaon
· July 2006: Seven bombs on Mumbai’s trains kill over 200 and injure 700 others
· October 2005: Three bombs placed in busy New Delhi markets a day before Diwali kill 62 people and injure hundreds
· August 2003: Two taxis packed with explosives blow up outside a Mumbai tourist attraction and a busy market, killing 52 and wounding more than 100
· September 24, 2002: Militants with guns and explosives attack the Akshardham Hindu temple in the western state of Gujarat, 31 killed, More than 80 injured.
· March 1993: Mumbai serial bombings kill 257 people and injure more than 1,100.
Now let’s have a look at the other terrorist attacks in the country.
Deaths related to Naxalite violence
Period Civilians Security forces Insurgents Total per period
1989–2001 1,610 432 1,007 3,049
2002 382 100 141 623
2003 410 105 216 731
2004 466 100 87 653
2005 524 153 225 90
2006 521 157 274 95
2007 460 236 141 837
2008 399 221 214 834
2009 586 317 217 1,120
2010 713 285 171 1,169
2011 275 128 199 602
2012 144 104 116 364
TOTAL 6,432 2,312 2,965 11,709
Based on the above displayed statistics, it can be determined that more than 11,700 people have been killed since the start of the insurgency in 1980, of which more than half died in the last ten years. The unofficial figures put the toll several times higher.
In the violence related to Sikhs, several hundreds have been killed by Sikh militants. In Hindu-Sikh riots following the assassination of Indira Gandhi, more than 10000 Sikhs died.
It can now be said with certainty that Muslims, both criminals and falsely accused, are more likely to be arrested, more likely to charged, more likely to be proved guilty, more likely to be sentenced to death and more likely to be executed. This points not only to the discrimination prevailing in the legal machinery, Police being the major culprit, but also to the inability of Muslims, due to their lower socioeconomic conditions to fight the costly legal battles. Of course, when politics gets involved, their chances of avoiding punishment become considerably low. The government finds it harder to accept the mercy appeals of Muslim convicts because the media had already done its job in building mass opinion in favour of their hanging.
When Afzal Guru was hanged, many legal experts and independent commentators had pointed to the injustice done, as the whole case was built on circumstantial evidence. The questions are already being raised about Yakub Memon. While Muslims must have no objection to any Muslim culprits being given the punishment he deserves under Indian Law, when convicts of similar crimes are dealt with differently, questions assume genuineness. Why are Indian masses so much unaware of Naxalite leaders who have killed more than 20000, many of them being army men or police personnel? Why has no Naxalite been hanged in recent history? Why have the killers of Rajiv Gandhi not been hanged? Why has none been punished to death for Gujarat riots that killed around 2000 and anti-Sikh riots in Delhi? Why has no Bodo been sentenced to death, despite their recurrent terrorist attacks?
It was this anguish that had inspired me to utter the following couplets:
Zulm o sitam ki KHaatir kya main hi rah gaya huN.
(Have I been singled out for cruelty and oppression?
Dunya meiN eik saabir kya main hi rah gaya huN
(Am I the only one tolerant left in the world?)
Jisko bhi dekhta huN dil toRta hai mera
(Whoever I trust, breaks my heart)
Jazbaat-e dil pe qaadir kya main hi rah gaya huN.
(Am I the only one who can control the emotions of hearts?)
Qaatil na jaane kitne dunya meiN phir rahe haiN
(Innumerable murderers are roaming free in the world)
Phaansi ke waaste phir kya main hi rah gaya huN.
(Am I then the only one singled out for being hanged?)
Dr Javed Jamil is India based thinker and writer with over a dozen books including his latest, “Quranic Paradigms of Sciences & Society” (First Vol: Health), “Muslims Most Civilised, Yet Not Enough” and “Muslim Vision of Secular India: Destination & Road-map”. Other works include “The Devil of Economic Fundamentalism”, “The Essence of the Divine Verses”, “The Killer Sex”, “Islam means Peace” and “Rediscovering the Universe”. Read more about him athttp://www.worldmuslimpedia.com/dr-javed-jamil. Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/javedjamil2015. He can be contacted at [email protected] or 91-8130340339.