We urge you to immediately condemn the role of and take appropriate action against Shri Somnath Bharti and registration of cases against those responsible under relevant sections of the IPC and CrPC. We also demand that you drop the insistence on suspending the Malviya Nagar SHO.
We would also like you to meet our delegation at your convenience as we have some concrete suggestions on Police reforms.
Jagmati Sangwan, All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA)
Annie Raja, National Federation of Indian Women (NFIW)
Kavita Krishnan, All India Progressive Women’s Association (AIPWA)
Shabnam Hashmi, Act Now For Harmony and Democracy (ANHAD)
Indu Agnihotri, Centre for Women’s Development Student (CWDS)
Kavita Shrivastava, People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL)
Sunita Dhar, Jagori
Jyotsana Chatterjee, Joint Women’s Programme (JWP)
Leila Passah, Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA)
Thank you to all those who have taken the trouble to read the article and share their thoughts. Out of the arguments made here, there are two that perhaps need answering. So here they go.
1. The first part of the article compares outcomes (relative percentages of population of the religions concerned) irrespective of the process that led to those outcomes - whether immigration, relatively faster population growth or conversions. This was for two reasons. One, to put the figure of 2.3 per cent in "numerical perspective", as the article itself explained. The second reason was that outcomes are ultimately what the crux of debate is about. The rest of the article in any case dealt with process - or conversions in this case, from both a contemporary and historical perspective.
2. Some commenters have tried to cast doubts on the reliability of Census 2001. Those who do this should bear in mind that Census 2001 was conducted by a BJP government. Considering the extreme importance that BJP gives to this issue, it would be reasonable to expect that IF it had perceived a problem with the methodology that was distorting the numbers, it would have fixed it. As the article mentioned, BJP or BJP-supported governments have been in power for 10 of the last 40 years, or about a quarter of the time, and the only reasonable conclusion one can arrive at is that any misreporting of numbers, real or perceived, would be marginal and hence, not of importance.
To all other arguments made, my answer is the following: Please read the article again, with particular focus on the quotations of Vivekananda and Monier Williams, and the history of the missionary efforts in Bengal and their outcome.
The women organisations must declare that they are biased against males.
The media is continuing to project them as 'victims', even when males are fighting over themselves as their real 'protector', thanks to the stereotyping afforded by the media
Open Letter to Delhi CM Demanding Action Against Racist Minister: Concerned Citizens
1. Remove Somnath Bharti from his position as Law Minister immediately?
2. Punish all those, including Somnath Bharti, guilty of instigating and perpetrating racist and sexual violence on African women?
3. Delhi Police must come under Delhi Government, but Delhi Police must be accountable to Constitution and not to the bidding of Ministers and mobs ?
4. Meet and apologise to the Ugandan women who have complained of racist, sexual violence
The den was probably run by policemen themselves - which explains why they were reluctant to close the establishment down.
Female groups are protesting only because of the lost income
What about police officers who have become so atrophied in their deriliction of duty that they put a blind eye to crimes happening in front of them. If the law and order administration had been taking action in good faith and in accordance to rules and regulation, a situation would not have arisen for the minister and locals, who have to face the anathema of facing drunken brawls and criminal elements in their neighbourhood, to come out on the streets to make things right.
Now, whether this incident becomes a pretext for the agencies to cite protocol as a justification for inaction, or a precedent warning the police administration that the citizens will be demanding for them to fulfill their mandate is up to the media and based on the way it colours Somnath Bharti.
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