Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Hyderabad Consultation of Anti-Communal Violence Bill

'Prevention of Communal and Targeted Violence Bill, 2011'

On Sunday- Oct 9, the Hyderabad Consultation of the Prevention of Communal and Targeted Violence Bill was organized by COVA. I was in an elite panel consisting of a number of civil society organisations, activists, social entrepreneurs, lawyers, media-persons and civil servants from across the twin cities of Hyderabad-Secunderabad.

Courtesy: Khaleeq ur Rahman
These distinguished people had come together to address two main issues regarding the 'Prevention of Communal and Targeted Violence Bill, 2011' (also known as the Anti-Communal Violence Bill) : 

1. Identify weaknesses and lacunae in the 'Prevention of Communal and Targeted Violence Bill, 2011' as it is introduced in Parliament and propose remedies.

2. Develop an advocacy strategy to ensure that the bill that is already introduced in Parliament is strengthened in its provisions to adequately provide the necessary safeguards to the minorities and the excluded communities and is passed by the Parliament at the earliest and does not suffer the same fate as the “Women’s Bill” that seems to be stuck in Parliament without any signs of being passed in the foreseeable future. 

To achieve these two objectives, it was proposed to organize Consultations in six different places in the country that have experienced communal and targeted violence. These locations are Kandhamal, Hyderabad, Moradabad, Mumbai, Delhi and Bihar. 

All the inputs from the Consultation would be collated and submitted to the political parties and members of Parliament from Andhra Pradesh and also used for advocacy at the national level.

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