Plea in SC to restrain media from demonising Muslim community

New Delhi, Apr 6 (IANS): A plea has been moved in the Supreme Court by Jamiat Ulama-I-Hind seeking direction to the Centre to stop the dissemination of fake news and take strict action against the sections of the media spreading bigotry and communal hatred in connection with Nizamuddin Markaz.

The pleas, filed through advocate Ejaz Maqbool, said: "By communalising the issue and demonising the entire Muslim community, the actions of the media pose a serious threat to the life and liberty of Muslims across the country. The demonisation is also an infringement of the right to live with dignity which is also covered under Article 21 of the Constitution."

On March 30, the Nizamuddin area in Delhi was sealed as an event of the Muslim religious organisation called the Tablighi Jamaat that was attended by hundreds of people who were found to be infected by the novel coronavirus.

According to the Centre, out of the over 4,000 confirmed coronavirus cases in the country, 1,445 cases have been epidemiologically linked to Tablighi Jamaat congregation at Nizamuddin, and over 25,000 local members of the Tablighi Jamaat and their contacts have been quarantined.

The petitioner contended the apex court to issue directions to prevent the communalisation of the Nizamuddin Markaz issue by certain sections of media and electronic media. "Subsequently on March 31, the incident made national headlines. However, certain sections of the media, instead of exercising restraint, reported the entire incident with a communal flavour, with phrases such as Corona Jihad, Corona Terrorism, Islamic Insurrection, Corona bombs etc., It was apparent that the unfortunate incident of the Tablighi Jamat was being used to demonize and blame the entire Muslim community," said the petition.



Comment on this article

  • Tausif, Mysore

    Tue, Apr 7 2020

    As trends suggesting 30% cases are spread by Jamat.
    My question to idiots is that remaining 70% spread by Hindus?
    Stop illogical, mindless, inhuman, corrupt minds interpretation of current situation arising out of Godi Media.

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  • Krishna Dasa, Udupi,.

    Tue, Apr 7 2020

    Why did the Government gave permit for the Jamat meet while having intelegecy report on COVID 19? Why did not the Government provide timely instructions/orders/guidance to Jamat meeting organizers? It is Government failure in permitting & monitoring such a large gathering while having the knowledge/intelligence report and power to control any large gathering for health, welfare & security reasons. Government should take full responsibility for its failure.

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  • Sma, Bengaluru

    Tue, Apr 7 2020

    Good reasoning unlike andbhakts

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Tue, Apr 7 2020

    Instead of fighting Corona Virus, some Idiots are fighting Religion ...

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  • Ramesh Babu, Mangalore

    Tue, Apr 7 2020

    Tablighi Jamaat Nizamuddin Markaz in that case condemn them and just boycott them so people have confident in you guys.

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  • Mohammed, India

    Tue, Apr 7 2020

    SC will reject the petition..

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  • Krishna Dasa, Udupi,.

    Tue, Apr 7 2020

    Such a large gathering like Nizamuddin Markaz religious meeting in Delhi or Welcome Trump gathering in Ahmadabad can only be held under the permit, supervision & protection of the concerned Government Department & Indian Government intelegecy Agency. So the blame should be placed on Government agencies and not on the attends of the Gathering. Government failure should not become burden on Citizens or Society.

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  • Ahmed K. C., Mangalore

    Tue, Apr 7 2020

    These kind of Media the fake news factories must be slapped with defamation case and should be sued 100 crores each.

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