01, Jul 2022 | CJP Team
Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP) has moved the National Commission for Minorities (NCM) yet again against serial hate offender Haribhushan Bachaul. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) had made derogatory and Islamophobic remarks about the youth protesting the Agnipath scheme for army recruitment.
Bachaul used the term “Jihadi” (which originally means ‘Muslims carrying out a holy war as sacred duty’, often used by Islamophobes in an attempt to demonise the minority community) to vilify the youth.
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As reported by the Times of India, Bachaul said, “Who are indulging in violence? Those involved are the ‘jihadi’ people and also the ‘samikaranvadi log’ (people who believe in forging political equations to form a government).” Bachaul further said, “Those who are desperate to form government by hook or crook are behind the violence,” referring to the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) without actually naming it specifically. He continued, “However, youths who nurse ‘desh prem’ and are ready to sacrifice themselves for it are happy (with the Agnipath scheme).”
A copy of the complaint may be viewed here:
This is not the first time when BJP MLA Haribhushan Bachaul has been caught spewing hate. In its previous complaint dated May 12, 2022, CJP had brought to light how the MLA openly called for violence against Muslim minorities addressing them as demon-like Ravanas in a YouTube video dated May 08, 2022. The complaint also mentioned how he had also said that Muslims living in India should be stripped of voting rights and treated as second class citizens, and how in the year 2021, he was in the news for his remarks on Muslims fertility rate. A copy of the previous complaint may be read here.
Last month, the NCM had acted upon the complaint, and directed the Director General of Police (DGP), Bihar, to investigate and respond to the Commission along with the report within 21 days so that the Commission could take the matter into consideration.
The fact that Bachaul still made such derogatory comments yet again, suggests he has no respect for either the law or the plural culture of India. Therefore, CJP has urged the Commission to take immediate action in order to provide a sense of security to the minority community and strengthen the values of fraternity and secularism enshrined in our Constitution.