New Delhi: Muslim organization Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) has warned that the recent amendments to the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Bill to allow juvenile of 16 years and above involved in heinous crimes to be tried as adults are not enough to prevent sexual crimes. The JIH wants the government to look at the problem of crimes by juveniles as a social problem that must be tackled at the roots. Among a number of corrective measures, the Muslim Organisation wants the government to explore a country-wide ban on alcohol to prevent sexual crimes.
Jamaat -e- Islami Hind, President, Syed Jalaluddin Umri, on Saturday said, “On December 22, last year, the Rajya Sabha passed the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Bill. The Bill allows for juveniles 16 years or older to be tried as adults for heinous offences (which are punishable with imprisonment of seven years or more) like rape and murder. Jamaat welcomes this Bill but is of the opinion that legislation and punishment are not the only way to preventing sexual crimes. The malaise is rooted socially and should also be addressed at the social level.”
It is elaborated in the statement that “JIH believes that a crime-free society can be developed by character building and instilling piety in the minds of people. All the roads and avenues that lead to perversion and sexual anarchy must be blocked and the merchants of vulgarity and titillation must be put behind bars. There is a strong correlation between alcohol consumption and sexual crimes and Jamaat demands a complete country-wide ban on alcoholic drinks.”
The Muslim organisation has also strongly condemned the recent arrest of Muslim youth in various parts of the country on charges of association with the ISIS. “Jamaat completely denounces the ISIS and its activities. If the West wants, ISIS can be crushed within days and the excesses committed by ISIS have nothing to do with Islam. Jamaat feels that the ISIS has been deliberately given a long lease of life by the West so that the military intervention by Western powers can continue unabated in Syria and the Middle East,” the statement reads.
JIH has demanded that the Government of India must ensure release of all those Muslim youth detained on fake charges and without sufficient evidence. “The authorities must stop misusing the law to subjugate and humiliate its own citizens. Jamaat is of the opinion that the creation and existence of ISIS might be a deep conspiracy of the West to defame Islam and divide Muslims,” JIH has asserted.