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A season of “clean chits” for the guilty and hounding of activists since the coming to power of Hindu supremacists 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 28, 2015

 The Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC – www.iamc.com), an advocacy group dedicated to safeguarding India’s pluralist and tolerant ethos has marked the 13th anniversary of the Gujarat pogroms of 2002, by pledging to continue the struggle for justice, regardless of the passage of time and the vicissitudes in the electoral fortunes of the masterminds behind the genocide. IAMC has expressed its dismay over the brazen mockery of justice in cases related to the pogroms, since the new government came to power in May 2014.

The Gujarat pogroms of 2002 represent the most horrific case of mass targeted violence against a specific religious community in independent India. In systematic and organized attacks against Muslims, over 2,000 people were massacred and over 150,000 were displaced and rendered homeless. The genocide was accompanied by brutal forms of sexual violence against hundreds of women.
In several high-profile cases, the perpetrators have either been acquitted by the infamous and compromised Special Investigations Team (SIT), or granted bail after having been convicted. In parallel, activists such as Teesta Setalvad, who demonstrated exemplary courage in pursuing justice for the victims, are being hounded by the police and subject to harassment by the state under trumped-up charges.
Last Friday, six people accused in the barbaric killing of three British citizens during the Gujarat massacres were acquitted by the court for “lack of evidence.” The three Britons were Saeed and Shakil Dawood and Mohammad Aswat. They were burned alive near Prantij town of Gujarat’s Sabarkantha district.
“The denial of justice for the victims of the Gujarat pogroms compounds the enormity of the crimes committed against them in 2002,” stated Mr. Umar Malick, President of IAMC. “The BJP government has continued in the tradition of the Gujarat government, of shielding the guilty and harassing those that are striving to bring them to justice,” added Mr. Malick.
Indian American Muslim Council is the largest advocacy organization of Indian Muslims in the United States with chapters across the nation.

 

For more information, please visit http://www.iamc.com
CONTACT:

Indian American Muslim Council

Phone/fax: 1-800-839-7270
Email:info@iamc.com 

Address: 6321 W Dempster St. Suite 295, Morton Grove, IL 60053.

REFERENCES:
1. Gujarat govt. & Teesta Setalvad: Hounding Activists to Protect the Guilty
2. Gujarat govt says will continue probe against whistleblower Rahul Sharma after his retirement
3. Gujarat Riots: All 6 Accused of Killing of 3 British Nationals Acquitted
4. Teesta Setalvad’s lawyer Prashant Bhushan denied renewal of passport over traffic rule violation
5. After Kodnani, her former assistant gets bail in 2002 Naroda Patiya riot case
6. Naroda Patia massacre: Babu Bajrangi gets seven-day bail
7. Rights abuse rampant in India: Amnesty
8. India had highest level of social hostilities in 2013: Pew Research
9. “We have no orders to save you” – Report by Human Rights Watch
10. Concerned Citizens Tribunal – Gujarat 2002; An Inquiry into the Carnage in Gujarat

 

11. Riot Victims protest bail to Kodnani, others

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Call for Independent investigation under Supreme Court’s supervision

 

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February 18, 2015

Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC – www.iamc.com), an advocacy group dedicated to safeguarding India’s pluralist and tolerant ethos has expressed strong support for noted human rights activist Teesta Setalvad and denounced the Gujarat Government for bringing frivolous charges motivated by political vendetta against the activist.

Teesta Setalvad is the Secretary of the Mumbai-based human rights group Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP), and one of the leading campaigners for justice for the victims of Gujarat genocide in 2002. Her unwavering pursuit for justice for Gujarat victims has resulted in convictions of 117 individuals involved in Gujarat genocide including Ms. Maya Kodnani who was a minister in then Chief Minister Narendra Modi’s Gujarat cabinet.

 

“We are deeply alarmed at the victimization of Ms. Setalvad at the hands of the Gujarat police, based upon trumped up charges of embezzlement of funds at Citizens for Justice and Peace,” noted Mr. Umar Malick, President of IAMC. “These are frivolous allegations against an acclaimed human rights activist with an unblemished track record of social work. These allegations have no merit, given the trustees and the independent auditors of CJP have confirmed that their examination of CJP’s accounts found no signs of embezzlement,” added Mr. Malick.

 

Commenting on the case, Mr. Siraj Mohammed, General Secretary of IAMC stated, “Given Gujarat Police’s deplorable record of pursuing frivolous cases and victimization of Ms. Setalvad, we call for an independent agency outside of Gujarat to investigate these charges under the supervision of Supreme Court.” In 2012, the Supreme Court had strongly denounced the Gujarat government for bringing yet another spurious case against Ms. Setalvad related to exhumation of bodies of 2002 riot victims. “This is a hundred percent spurious case to victimize the petitioner (Ms. Setalvad),” observed the court. “This type of case does no credit to the state of Gujarat in any way,” it further added.

Indian American Muslim Council is the largest advocacy organization of Indian Muslims in the United States with chapters across the nation.

 

For more information, please visit http://www.iamc.com
CONTACT:

Indian American Muslim Council

Phone/fax: 1-800-839-7270
Email:info@iamc.com 

Address: 6321 W Dempster St. Suite 295, Morton Grove, IL 60053.

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US concern over diminishing religious freedom in India is justified say Indian Americans

February 8, 2015

Attacks on churches, forced conversions to Hinduism and glorification of Gandhi’s assassin are manifestations of a divisive and hateful ideology   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Sunday, Feb 08, 2015   The Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC – www.iamc.com), an advocacy group dedicated to safeguarding India’s pluralist and tolerant ethos has called President Obama’s expressions of concern over […]

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Indian Americans mark Republic Day with pledge to safeguard India’s Constitution

January 27, 2015

Letter draws President Obama’s attention to deteriorating situation with respect to religious freedom situation in India   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday, January 26, 2015 The Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC – www.iamc.com), an advocacy group dedicated to safeguarding India’s pluralist and tolerant ethos has marked India’s Republic Day with celebrations in four US cities, while pledging to […]

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IAMC Letter to President Obama on India visit

January 24, 2015

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Forced conversions in Agra and call for anti-conversion bill are brazen attacks on India’s Constitution say Indian Americans

December 14, 2014

Sunday, Dec 14, 2014 The Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC – www.iamc.com), an advocacy group dedicated to safeguarding India’s pluralist and tolerant ethos has condemned the forced conversion of Muslims in Agra as well as the government’s suggested “remedy”, of pushing the anti-conversion bill, currently adopted in five states across India, as brazen attacks on […]

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Burning of church in Delhi an attack on minorities say Indian Americans

December 5, 2014

Expressions of solidarity with Christians in India, condemnation of hate speech by BJP Minister Niranjan Jyoti   Washington D.C – Wednesday, December 03, 2014 The Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC – www.iamc.com), an advocacy group dedicated to safeguarding India’s pluralist and tolerant ethos,has condemned the burning of St. Sebastian Catholic Church in Delhi on December 1, 2014 as […]

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India’s 68th Independence Day – A time to renew communal harmony and safeguard secularism

August 15, 2014

Friday, August 15, 2014 The Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC – www.iamc.com), an advocacy group dedicated to safeguarding India’s pluralist and tolerant ethos, has called on Indians across the world, to mark the occasion of India’s 68th Independence Day by finding ways to strengthen pluralism, and to renew communal harmony, in order to defeat the designs […]

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Supreme Court’s Acquittal of innocents in Surat 1993 bomb blasts case hailed by Indian Americans

July 20, 2014

Case is indicative of corruption in lower courts, logjam in judiciary July 20, 2014 The Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC – www.iamc.com), an advocacy group dedicated to safeguarding India’s pluralist and tolerant ethos, has lauded the landmark Supreme Court judgment acquitting the 11 innocent people accused of having carried out the bomb blasts in Surat (Gujarat) […]

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Bigoted accusations against Fr. Cedric Prakash condemned by Indian Americans

June 2, 2014

Goa Chief Minister in a smear campaign against the stalwart of secular voices in India June 02, 2014 The Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC – www.iamc.com), an advocacy group dedicated to safeguarding India’s pluralist and tolerant ethos, has strongly condemned Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar’s recent accusations on Fr. Cedric Prakash. Speaking at a press briefing […]

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