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Jamaat-e-Islami to take up campaign for human rights

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VIJAYAWADA, DEC. 2. The Jamaat-e-Islami Hind has announced a 10-day countrywide `national human rights' campaign from December 3 to 12 to protect the interests of women, minorities, dalits and children.

The programme will include a signature campaign across the country during which 10 crore signatures will be obtained to impress upon Parliament to make right to food and livelihood a fundamental right and to bring in laws for prevention of riots and genocide besides ensuring free and early justice for all citizens, the leaders of the organisation told a news conference here on Thursday.

According to the organisation's vice-president, Andhra Pradesh and Orissa zone, Hamid Mohammed Khan, and others, the campaign was being undertaken with the firm belief that only a change in the mindset of people could help build a just society. Others present included the organisation's regional organiser, southern region, Mohammed Dawood; the district president, Shaik Samadani; the city president, Amjad Ali Quadri and the district in-charge, Abdul Majeed.

Quoting statistics, Mr. Khan said that over 30 crore Indians were forced to live below the poverty line, 40 crore Indians were illiterate, 15,000 women were getting killed in dowry related violence, while 1.7 crore undertrials were languishing in jails. The Jammat would help undertrials, who had been languishing in different jails of the country by helping them to obtain bail, he said. The organisation would observe Women's Rights Day to take up the cases of atrocities against women on December 10.

The day would be marked by a rally from Labbipet to the Sub-Collector's office in the city and a memorandum would be submitted to the district Collector highlighting the problems faced by women.

Signature drive

Mr. Khan said that it was decided to enrol 1.25 crore people for the signature campaign and contact two lakh people through door-to-door campaign in the State.

December 6 would be observed as Protection of Religious Places Day to mark the Babri Masjid demolition. The emphasis would be on protecting the sanctity of not only mosques, but also places of worship belonging to other communities, he clarified.

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