In addition this will breed a sense of prosecution among Muslim youths in India and it is likely that they will fall prey to Jehadi organisations like Indian Mujahedeen, who on Pakistani pay roll want to recruit more people from India for terror organisations like SIMI or themselves.
What is really surprising in this directive is that how will police decide whether a particular youth is innocent or not? This is the exclusive domain of the various courts of India and not the police. The police have to only act on the basis of specific complain.
The real problem lies with the clogged machinery of judicial dispensation in the country. Currently there are 30 million cases pending in various courts in the country. As per the recently released data of National Crime Records Bureau, till 2011, 67.7 percent inmates in Indian jails were those who were under trials, that is to say the accused, but still innocent till proven guilty.
The convicts were only 32 percent while the things should have been the other way round. Fairly large number of these under trials are facing only minor offences.
Another set of statics from the same organisation brings out the fact that out of these 254,000 under trials in India, 69 percents are Hindus, 21 percent Muslims, 4 percent Sikhs, 3.5 percent Christians and 1.6 percent others. These percentages bring out the fact that Hindu under trials outnumbers Muslim under trials by a figure which is three times higher.
In other words the numbers do not justify this directive of the Home Minster and points towards a vote bank motive. This directive is akin to recent efforts by the UP government which was keen to withdraw 198 ongoing terror cases against the jehadis and were only stopped after Allahabad High court stepped in.
It is really pathetic that Home Ministry of a secular country like India, with its constitution emphasising on secularism, is issuing these types of generalised directives having a definite vote bank overtones. If Honourable Home Minster was really all that worried about undue prosecution of Muslim Youths, he should have identified those states that are at fault and given them strict instructions accordingly.
Very recently the Supreme Court during the hearing of Batala House encounter case had rightly commented that why identify criminals by religion? Criminals are criminals.
It is time the politicians in India realize that the country has changed in a big way in last few years, thanks to communication explosion and social networking sites. Today with 11 million people using Internet and more than 15 million using mobile in India, the aam admi has become more discerning.
This game of dividing population on caste and religious lines by the politicians to garner votes will not jell any more. Home Ministry must come out with specific measures to ensure that no youth irrespective of religion are harassed by police.
The best antidote against these happenings is that the ruling government in power must implement the police reforms as recommended by the Supreme Court in 2006. All terror related cases must be tried by fast track courts with a time bound urgency. The judges in their judgements must comment on the malafide intention of the police, if any.
If it is found that during the process of investigation, an investigating officer has purposely spoiled the case, then he must be punished with the heavy hand. The need of the hour is fast and swift justice and not religion specific generalised directives.