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Muslims, Dalits and Tribals to Apply for Arms License for Self Defence

The camp will ensure that applicants with criminal antecedents or those with political or business interests are kept out

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This campaign is not for the Shia community, in particular, but for all minorities who feel threatened. Wikimedia Commons

Muslims, Dalits and tribals will now start applying for arms licenses for self-defence, following increase in incidents of mob lynching. The pan-India movement will commence from Lucknow on July 26. Shia cleric and General Secretary of Majlis-e-Ulama-e-Hind, Maulana Kalbe Jawwad will be organising the first camp in Lucknow on the suggestion of Supreme Court lawyer Mehmood Pracha.

According to the cleric, these camps would be organised in at least 12 cities, including six in Uttar Pradesh, where these communities are under threat and need legal help. “SC/ST and minorities have been pushed to the edge by the government, which is soft on perpetrators of mob violence,” Maulana Kalbe Jawwad said.

“In such a scenario, there is no option left, but self-defence. Many from these communities face discrimination and they will avail of our legal expertise to fill up forms and apply for arms license.” The camp will ensure that applicants with criminal antecedents or those with political or business interests are kept out.

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“SC/ST and minorities have been pushed to the edge by the government, which is soft on perpetrators of mob violence,” Maulana Kalbe Jawwad said. Wikimedia Commons

“This campaign is not for the Shia community, in particular, but for all minorities who feel threatened. Once the applicants get their licenses, we will deploy experts for arms training. And we will also act against those who misuse their license,” he said.

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“Legal experts will be coming to Lucknow for holding the camp. Clerics from others sects will also be included in the movement. The brunt of mob lynching is borne by Sunnis and Dalits too,” Jawwad added.

“If the government had taken strong steps against perpetrators of hate crime, we would not have had to take up such a measure. There are tough laws in the Constitution and Indian Penal Code (IPC) which the government should invoke. The draft bill on lynching is a mere eyewash. If the government wakes up, we will withdraw the movement,” the cleric said. (IANS)

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Mob-Lynching Episodes Owing to Spread of Child Lifting Rumours Back on Whatsapp

In Madhya Pradesh, child kidnapping rumours in the past three days have led to several innocent people being mob-lynched

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FILE - The WhatsApp app logo is seen on a smartphone in this picture illustration. VOA

Mob-lynching episodes owing to the spread of child lifting rumours on various social media platforms like WhatsApp are back in the state and this time, the authorities are concerned about the ferocity of such misinformation attack.

In Madhya Pradesh, child kidnapping rumours in the past three days have led to several innocent people being mob-lynched, leaving the police department and administration worried over the rise of misinformation on various social media platforms.

On Monday, a woman beggar suspected of being a child lifter was beaten up by an angry mob in Tikamgarh district. Superintendent of Police Anurag Sujania told reporters: “Two such incidents have been reported on Monday. People have been advised to report about any suspicious-looking person to the police. Anyone taking the law in own hands will face action”.

A similar incident on Sunday was reported from Sagar district where a woman was roughed by the mob. According to Amit Sanghi, Superintendent of Police, Sagar district, people must desist from commenting and sharing about child abduction rumours on social media platforms. “There is no such group which is active in the district. These are plain rumours being spread on social media which should not be given priority,” said Sanghi.

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In Madhya Pradesh, child kidnapping rumours in the past three days have led to several innocent people being mob-lynched. Wikimedia Commons

“A message on social media has become viral in Khargone district that a gang has arrived which is kidnapping children. This is not true and if we find anyone spreading such rumours, kindly inform this to police,” added Sunil Pandey, Superintendent of Police, Khargone.

On Sunday, Madhya Pradesh Additional Director General of Police (Intelligence), Kailash Makwana, appealed to the people not to be affected by rumours spreading on social media like WhatsApp and Facebook. Over 30 people were killed last year by lynch mobs after rumours of child lifting triggered via messages on WhatsApp.

Last year, taking cognizance of the government’s concerns over the misuse of its platform for repeated circulation of provocative content, Facebook-owned WhatsApp wrote to the IT Ministry saying the company is horrified by terrible acts of violence.

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A similar incident on Sunday was reported from Sagar district where a woman was roughed by the mob. Pixabay

“With the right action we can help improve everyone’s safety by ensuring communities are better equipped to deal with malicious hoaxes and false information — while still enabling people to communicate reliably and privately across India,” said the company.

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While WhatsApp messages can be highly viral, the way people use the app is by nature still very private. “Many people (nearly 25 per cent in India) are not in a group; the majority of groups continue to be small (less than 10 people); and nine in 10 messages are still sent from just one person to another,” WhatsApp had explained.

Reacting to the growing instances of lynching of innocent people owing to large number of irresponsible messages filled with rumours and provocation circulated on WhatsApp, the IT Ministry had asked WhatsApp to take immediate action and ensure that the platform is not used for such malafide activities. (IANS)