The LexGaze Weekly - HOPE

Dismissal of charge sheet against Tablighi Jamaat attendees

Yamika Khanna

Issue 11 | August 30, 2020

The Bombay High Court (Aurangabad bench) recently noted that there was a "smell of malice" in the action taken against Tablighi Jamaat attendees. The High Court while dismissing the charge sheets filed against the attendees of Tablighi Jamaat strongly condemned the media propaganda against the attendees.

The Court noted that "There was big propaganda in print media and electronic media against the foreigners who had come to Markaz Delhi and an attempt was made to create a picture that these foreigners were responsible for spreading COVID-19 virus in India" and that the propaganda against the said event and a particular religion was highly unwanted.

The Court recognised the agenda of scapegoating behind the entire propaganda to justify the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in the country. The Court asserted that "A political Government tries to find the scapegoat when there is pandemic or calamity and the circumstances show that there is probability that these foreigners were chosen to make them scapegoats."

The order of the Court is gives hope to the victims of media propaganda and communalism amidst the prevailing outbreak of the catastrophic corona virus and can help in the restoration of harmony between different communities.


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