Mushawarat organizes workshop for comprehensive documentation of incidents of systematic violence against minorities and marginalized communities

We are all deeply troubled by the rising instances of Hindutva sponsored hate crime in India. Marginalized communities, especially Muslim, Dalits, and Adivasis, are being systematically targeted. What is deeply troubling is that this violence is also systematically invisiblized both within national and international spaces. One of the prime reasons for this invisibilization is the lack of a culture of research and documentation within oppressed communities-especially at the local level.

In this scenario, the All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat, as a federal consultative body of Muslims in India, along with other concerned key organizations, has taken the lead in comprehensively documenting the true extent of the violence- its numbers, extent, and method- and developing an effective and organized response from the community.

For this purpose, the AIMMM organized a workshop on 10th September, 2017 and invited representatives of major Muslim community organization like Jamat-e-islami Hind, Jamiat-ul-Ullema-Hind (Arshad Madani), Markazi Jamiat Ahle-Hadees, SDPI, and APCR etc. Representatives of these organizations, especially from Delhi, Haryana, UP, Rajasthan, MP, Maharashtra, and Bihar, travelled to Delhi for the workshop and expressed their enthusiasm for the initiative. The workshop was facilitated by Quill Foundation- a center for research and advocacy based in Delhi.

The participants all agreed that there is a dire need for such documentation especially as violence against Muslims is being systematically invisiblized. They also concurred that this effort has to be a combined one of all muslims organizations- irrespective of ideological and sectarian differences. For this purpose they have initiated a national database called dotodatabse.com which will serve as a one point online database for the documentation.

The workshop went into the details of how such documentation needs to be done and discussed a tentative work plan for its execution.

 

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