After the Kerala High Court expressed shock at the use of children in political and religious gatherings, an Indian Popular Front (PFI) leader on Saturday made a rather nasty comment about the justice system. In a video viewed by Republic, the PFI state committee member said the courts were shocked pretty early these days. The member, identified as Yahya Thangal, went on to explain the reason, saying it was because the judges were wearing “saffron underwear”.
“Courts are shocked so fast these days. After hearing chants at Allapuzha PFI rally, High Court judges are shocked. Do you know the reason? is saffron, they will obviously feel the heat. It may It will burn you. We are fully aware that it will bother you,” said PFI state committee member Yahya Thangal.
Kerala HC expresses shock at provocative child education slogans at PFI rally
At the PFI rally in Alappuzha, Kerala, provocative slogans were thrown around. What, however, caught everyone’s attention was a video, in which an underage boy was heard sitting on a man’s shoulder shouting, “(Hindus) should buy rice and flowers for their rites. Oh ! I forgot one thing. (Christians) should also buy incense for their last rites. Here come… here come… your butchers. If you want to live here, live decently. Otherwise, we know how to implement Azadi. If you want to live here, live decently.”
After a person named Vijayakumar PK complained about these provocative slogans, Kerala Police filed an FIR against PFI District Chief Alappuzha Navasm, District Secretary Mujeeb and others. They were convicted under Sections 153A (promoting enmity between different groups on religious grounds), 295A (deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage the religious feelings of any class), 505(1)(b) ( Tranquility Act), 505(1)(c), 505(2) and 506 (Criminal Intimidation) of the IPC and 120(O) of the Kerala Police Act.
Also, a search has started for the child and his family who were found after a week in Kochi. While her mother was released, her father, who happens to be a member of the PFI, was arrested. The child will be sent for consultation.
On Saturday, as he tried a group of cases involving minors and offenses under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses Act, he expressed concern that children were being used in gatherings political and religious and incited to launch provocative slogans. Only one bench of Judge P Gopinath questioned whether the use of children for such activities was legal. “I just want to know if there is a law that forbids this. These children will grow up with hatred in them,” he said.
Politics around PFI’s remark on the justice system
Condemning the statement by PFI State Committee member Rashid Alvi of Congress, took another tangent saying, “I am of the opinion that there should be a reform of the judicial system, regarding the appointment of judges of the High Court. High Court judges should have no ideology.”
Tanveer Ahmad, the spokesperson for the Janata Dal-Secular, said, “What does PFI stand for? PFI means dividing the community and creating hatred… PFI is definitely a tacit and unwritten partner of the BJP and the RSS. card, and it always benefits. An ordinary Muslim always wants people to stay together, for secularism to thrive…”
Strongly opposing the statement, BJP National Spokesperson and Chief Advocate Gaurav Bhatia said that “every sworn judge in India has upheld the law in their veins.”
The statement is highly objectionable. India is not a banana republic, our Constitution is written by Dr BR Ambedkar. There is a limit to criticism and the PFI has sunk to a new low: ASG Sanjeev Deshpande on PFI chief’s remark “judges wear saffron underwear” https://t.co/xW9umghhrp pic.twitter.com/bAru6iJ9Kf
— Republic (@republic) May 28, 2022