Jamiat-Ulma-i-Hind moves SC; seeks directions to govt, media not to demonise Muslims

Alleges some TV channels, newspapers presenting Nizamuddin Markaz incident in 'twisted manner'

Jamiat-Ulma-i-Hind moves SC; seeks directions to govt, media not to demonise Muslims

Satya Prakash

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 6

Jamiat-Ulma-i-Hind -- an Islamic body in India -- on Monday moved the Supreme Court seeking directions to the government and media not to demonise entire Muslim community over spread of COVID-19 due to Nizamuddin Markaz congregation of Tablighi Jamaat.

In its petition, Jamiat-Ulma-i-Hind urged the top court to prevent communalisation of the Nizamuddin Markaz issue by certain section of print and electronic media.

It has led to demonising the entire Muslim  community in India, resulting into threat to their right to life and liberty -- a fundamental right guaranteed under Article 21 of the Constitution, the petitioner contended.

It alleged that by not taking action to maintain communal harmony "in such a critically sensitive time", the Centre has failed in discharging its constitutional duty.

The petition accused various TV channels and newspapers of presenting the information relating to the incident in a "twisted manner", inciting hatred against the entire Muslim community at large.

The TV news channels and social media were replete with phrases such as "Corona Jihad" and "Corona Terrorism" to describe the Nizamuddin Markaz incident, the petition submitted.

It said social media platforms were full of misinformation and fake news on the issue with communal tone and conspiracy theories that Tablighi Jamaat deliberately tried to spread coronavirus across India.

Contending that it violated Norms of journalistic conduct issues by the Press Council of India, the petitioner urged the top court to direct the Centre to stop communalisation of the Nizamuddin Markaz incident and take action against those disseminating fake news on the issue.

Top Stories

US military stands strong with India on LAC tension, says White House

US military stands strong with India on LAC tension, says White House

Foreign Secys hold consultations | Pompeo dials Maldives FM ...

Mistrust as only one retreat step okayed

Mistrust as only one retreat step okayed

No limit for 2nd, 3rd pullback stages

Dhindsa proclaims himself as SAD chief

Dhindsa proclaims himself as SAD chief

Urges splinter factions to unite to take on Badals

Cities

View All