Supreme Court should act to put an end to pleas that seek to convert Muslim mosques into ‘dispute sites’: Popular Front

Supreme Court should act to put an end to pleas that seek to convert Muslim mosques into ‘dispute sites’: Popular Front

New Delhi 21 May 2022 Popular Front of India Chairman OMA Salam has, in a statement, appealed to the courts in the country not to escalate the Hindutva claims on mosques.

By its latest decision to transfer the case to the Varanasi District Judge and the remarks made therein, it is clear that the Supreme Court too is not committed to upholding the Places of Worship Act, 1991. The Supreme Court’s decision against cancelling the Varanasi Court proceedings and its refusal to stay the survey are proof of this. The Apex Court ratifying the restrictions enforced upon Muslims entering the Wazu Khana amounts to nothing but approving the first step of encroachments, he noted.

Apart from the Varanasi Court, the Mathura court too had last day allowed a lawsuit seeking the survey of the Shahi Idgah mosque. All these developments inside the courts are a blatant violation of the Places of Worship Act, 1991 and the Supreme Court verdict on the same. The issue was resolved amicably between the Shahi Idgah Trust and the Sri Krishna Janmasthan Seva Sangh in 1968 and an agreement was reached between the Muslim and Hindu parties. Hindutva wants mistrust and hatred to rule and for this, they have been making continuous attempts to reopen lawsuits in total disregard of the Places of Worship Act, 1991. It is quite saddening to see the Courts of the country that are obliged to uphold the act and the Supreme Court verdict are themselves contravening it.

Despite all these dangerous developments, the silence of the opposition parties, especially the Congress party, during whose tenure the Places of Worship Act, 1991 was passed is highly condemnable. It is high time these secular parties and Civil society register their protests against these Hindutva transgressions. It is a matter of grave concern that the Supreme Court which ended the matter of Babri Masjid by referring to the Places of Worship Act, 1991, is now seen giving the green signal to the beginning of an assault on another historic masjid. The Apex Court should revise the order considering the gravity of the situation and ensure that Hindutva groups are not allowed to infringe upon the minority rights.