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'Epicentre of Hate Politics': Ex-IAS officers to Yogi on UP after 'Love Jihad Law'

The politicians of UP, including yourself, need to re-educate yourselves about the provisions of the Constitution, they said

Wednesday December 30, 2020 12:09 PM, ummid.com News Network

Love Jihad

New Delhi: In a strong rebuttal of BJP government's policies in Uttar Pradesh, especially anti-conversion law, infamously known as 'Love Jihad Law', as many as 104 former IAS officers warned Yogi Adityanath that the state has become epicentre of politics of hate.

The former IAS officers, including former National Security Adviser Shivshankar Menon, former Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao and former Adviser to the Prime Minister TKA Nair, also flagged multiple instances of minorities being targeted.

In their letter released Tuesday, they mentioned a horrific case from UP's Moradabad earlier this month - in which two men were allegedly accosted by the Bajrang Dal, dragged to the police and arrested on allegations that one of them had forced a Hindu girl to marry him.

"​Regrettably, this is only one of a series of heinous atrocities committed by your administration against young Indians across Uttar Pradesh (UP), Indians who are simply seeking to live their lives as free citizens of a free country. These atrocities regardless of the indignation of all Indians devoted to the rule of law, continue unabated", they wrote.

Recalling the recent ruling by various High Courts, including that of Allahabad High Court, former IAS officers wrote:

"The anti-conversion ordinance of your State is being used as a stick to victimise especially those Indian men who are Muslim and women who dare to exercise their freedom of choice. While the various High Courts, including the Allahabad High Court, have ruled unequivocally that choosing one’s life partner is a fundamental right guaranteed under the Constitution, the state of UP is blithely undermining that very Constitution."

"The vigilantes are acting as a power unto themselves in intimidating innocent Indian citizens. It has become painfully evident that, in recent years, UP state, once known as the cradle of the Ganga-Jamuna civilisation, has become the epicentre of the politics of hate, division and bigotry and that the institutions of governance are now steeped in communal poison."

"What is worse is that your law enforcement machinery, with the active backing of your government, is playing a role reminiscent of the secret police in authoritarian regimes. You can pose no greater threat to the nation than by turning its own citizens against one another, a conflict that can only serve the country’s enemies. As Chanakya taught us, a crafty politician must sow dissension amongst rivals. Here you are sowing dissensions among our own people."

Moreover, the entire police force of Uttar Pradesh needs to be trained without delay in respecting the rights of all citizens; and the politicians of UP, including yourself, need to re-educate yourselves about the provisions of the Constitution which you and other lawmakers have sworn to uphold.

As many as 54 persons have so far been arrested under the UP Prohibition of Unlawful Conversion of Religion Law, 2020, which was implemented a month ago.

According to official sources, the Uttar Pradesh Police have lodged 16 FIRs, booked 86 people and arrested 54 of them ever since the law came into force.

Thirty-one accused persons are yet to be arrested.

The maximum number of 26 people were booked in Etah under the provisions of new law --14 of them in a single case.

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