Why target a particular community: Bombay HC asks police

Law and Life

by G Shaheed

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Bombay High Court | Photo: AP

The police arrested a Muslim man on terror charges. He got into the police vehicle shouting “Allahu Akbar.”

The arrest was made by the Mumbai Police when it staged a mock drill as part of strengthening security measures.

A public interest litigation was filed in the Bombay High Court challenging the drill as communally biased. The petitioner, Abdul Masod, alleged that Muslims were being targeted by the police as terrorists and that this violated the fundamental rights guaranteed by the Constitution. Every person has a right to a dignified life, but it is being blatantly violated by the police, who are prejudiced towards Muslims. This is unwarranted when the Constitution upholds secularism.

The court observed that it was undesirable on the part of police to defame a particular community as terrorists.

The court stayed such depictions in mock drills. Notice was issued to the state. The matter will be heard later.

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