Given the situation prevailing in Jamia Nagar, Delhi branch of Association for Protection of Civil Rights (APCR) organised an Iftar-cum-get-together of office bearers of Residents’ Welfare Associations, community leaders and citizens of the locality at its central office. While introducing APCR, Prof. Mohd. Rafat of Jamia Millia Islamia said, the Constitution of our country postulates a fair deal for all sections. But, unfortunately there are laws, which are draconian in its nature and negate the spirit of the Constitution and curtail the rights of people, especially poor and minorities.
Moreover, many instances of police brutality and highhandedness on regular basis have been noticed throughout the country. And the judicial procedures are so cumbersome and costly that, an average citizen can’t afford it. Unfortunately, the government time and again failed to provide any kind of legal aid/ assistance for the poor people.
The APCR intends to work on the above fronts. But, right now they are focusing on documentation and providing legal aid for Jamia Nagar’s alleged ‘terrorists’.
“We appeal to you all to join this initiative in terms of guidance and financial help apart from providing information of any incident of violation of human and civil rights in your localities. We also seek your help in obtaining information of these alleged culprits,” he said.
Advocate Tariq Siddiqi of Delhi High Court emphasised the need of documentation and proper legal guidance. There is enough scope of getting justice in our system but what is needed is due process, he added.
Dr. SQR Ilyas, Editor Afkar-e-Milli said, there is no need to be scared of the situation in Jamia Nagar in particular and the country in general. “We are trying our best and fortunately things are changing. Various rights group and civil society members have already joined hands with us apart from APCR.”
Some of the office bearers of APCR’s central office were also introduced to the audience on this occasion so that people might contact them. The meeting was attended by more then 70 people and ended with formal vote of thanks extended by Dr. Waquar Anwar.