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Child rights body directs FIR against Darul Uloom Deoband over Ghazwa-e-Hind fatwa

Priyank Kanoongo in the letter emphasised the alleged violation of Section 75 of the Juvenile Justice Act, 2015 and said this fatwa is exposing children to hatred against one's own country and eventually causing them unnecessary mental or physical suffering.

Sheenu Sharma Edited By: Sheenu Sharma @20sheenu New Delhi Published on: February 22, 2024 20:13 IST
Child rights body, ncocr directs FIR against Darul Uloom Deoband, Ghazwa e Hind fatwa, latest update
Image Source : PTI (FILE) Child rights body directs FIR against Darul Uloom Deoband over Ghazwa-e-Hind fatwa.

The apex child rights body National Commission For Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has issued a directive to the Uttar Pradesh government to register an FIR and take legal action against Darul Uloom Deoband, a renowned Islamic educational institution, following the discovery of alleged objectionable content on its website.

In a letter addressed to the senior superintendent of police (SSP) of the Saharanpur District, National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) Chairperson Priyank Kanoongo highlighted the commission's concern regarding a fatwa published on the Deoband's website. The fatwa in question discusses the concept of 'Ghazwa-e-Hind' and allegedly glorifies martyrdom in the context of India's invasion.

"This fatwa is exposing children to hatred against one's own country and eventually causing them unnecessary mental or physical suffering," said Kanoongo in the letter, emphasising the alleged violation of Section 75 of the Juvenile Justice Act, 2015.

The NCPCR, invoking Section 13(1) of the CPCR Act, 2005, emphasised the potential for such content to incite hatred against the nation. Referring to legal precedents, including the case of Kanhaiya Kumar vs the State of NCT of Delhi, the commission underlined the gravity of expressions that could be construed as an offense against the state.

Furthermore, the letter noted the commission's previous attempts to address similar concerns with the district administration in January 2022 and July 2023. Despite these efforts, no action has been taken thus far, the NCPCR said and asserted that the district administration could be held responsible for any adverse consequences resulting from the dissemination of such content.

In light of these developments, the NCPCR directed the initiation of legal proceedings against Darul Uloom Deoband under the Indian Penal Code and the Juvenile Justice Act, 2015. The commission requested an action taken report to be submitted within three days.

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