JNN 09 Aug 2015 MUMBAI – A leader of a far-right Hindu group has called on the government to revoke the voting rights of Indian Muslims, drawing criticism from the religious minority and several political parties in the Indian subcontinent.
“Till Muslims are used as vote-banks, they have no future. This is why Bal Thackeray had demanded that Muslims’ voting rights be taken away. This was right,” Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said in a column published in Shiv Sena mouthpiece Saamna, NDTV reported on Sunday, April 12.
“The day voting rights of Muslims are taken away, the facade of people who claim to be ‘secular’ will be exposed.”
According to the political leader, revoking Muslims’ right to vote will end partition based on religion.
He also criticized All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) leaders Asaduddin and Akbaruddin Owaisi and accused them of polarizing the community.
“Owaisi bhai is doing politics of Muslim votes and we don’t know if it will benefit him or the community, but it will harm the country,” Raut said in the write-up cited by the Huffington Post.
Raut’s anti-Muslim remarks have sparked anger among several political parties that called for taking restrict action against the MP.
“The comments are unfortunate and against the law,” said Kamal Farooqui, member of All India Muslim Personal Law Board.
Deeming it “unconstitutional”, former Congress MP Sandeep Dikshit warned that Raut’s call will foster division in the country.
Reacting to the Sena leader’s comments, Congress’ Abhishek Manu Singhvi said, “It is disgusting to hear such remarks… We are living in a democratic country, not in any Talibani state.”
“Sterilize Muslims, Christians”
In another controversy, a leader of Hindu Mahasabha said that Indian Muslims and Christians should forcibly undergo sterilization to curb their fast growing population.
According to Sadhvi Deva Thakur, the vice-president of All India Hindu Mahasabha, the increasing number of religious minorities poses a threat to Hindus.
In a Times of India report Thakur stated that, “The population of Muslims and Christians is growing day by day.”
“To rein in this, Centre will have to impose emergency, and Muslims and Christians will have to be forced to undergo sterilization so that they can’t increase their numbers,” she added.
Meanwhile, the political leader called on Hindus to increase their populations by having more children.
In Islam, it is permissible for medical reasons to postpone pregnancy for some time. But it is forbidden to stop the natural process of fertilization of either man or woman unless there is an urgent need to do so.
Preventing the reproductive organs from performing their natural function contradicts the Divine Wisdom behind the creation of both sexes.
There are some 180 million Muslims in Hindu-majority India, the world’s third-largest Muslim population after those of Indonesia and Pakistan.