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STATEMENT CONDEMNING DETENTION OF MS. SHABNAM HASHMI & OTHERS IN GODHRA
We condemn the detention of Ms. Shabnam Hashmi and other activists who were detained by the Gujarat police, in Godhra, this morning.
In a democracy, everyone has the right to voice their opinion or to express their dissent in freedom and without fear.
This detention of Ms. Hashmi and others who were protesting peacefully far away from the site of the 'Sadbhavna tamasha' is indicative of the fascism that is prevalent in Gujarat State.
Delivering his judgement with regard to the Lokayukta, Justice V.M. Sahai of the Gujarat High Court on January 18th 2012, very strongly states that, "the pranks of the CM…...demonstrates deconstruction of our democracy…."
Taking a cue from this, all right thinking citizens, from across the board, should come out fearlessly to protest the fact that human rights are being violated and that democratic traditions are being severely eroded in Gujarat.
Fr. Cedric Prakash sj
20th January, 2012