HUMAN CHAINS TO VOW FOR PEACE, DENOUNCE HATE AND TERROR

To express solidarity and the spirit of brotherhood, and to stand against all kinds of hate speech and demonisation of any religion or community – MUMBAI FOR PEACE: a Mumbai based organisation will lead a campaign calling all citizens of Mumbai, to hold hands in unity and join “Human Chains.

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To express solidarity and the spirit of brotherhood, and to stand against all kinds of hate speech and demonisation of any religion or community – MUMBAI FOR PEACE: a Mumbai based organisation will lead a campaign calling all citizens of Mumbai, to hold hands in unity and join “Human Chains.” The campaign will express their commitment to peace, and condemn terror and violence in any form by coming on the streets for 15 minutes at noon on December 12.

The major demands which will be put forward through this campaign are as follows:

1. Government must take responsibility and map out long term and short term strategies, and take action on them.

2. Joint action between India and Pakistan governments to curb religious extremism of all shades in both countries.

3. Better coordination amongst various security and intelligence agencies to deal with terror; and sharing of intelligence and information.

4. Punishment of those responsible for attacks on minorities, which are also an attack on the majority and the multi-cultural body politic of India.

5. Swift, transparent and credible trial and punishment for all those involved in terror, whatever the religion they may profess.

6. A comprehensive Communal Violence Bill in place of the one pending in Parliament.
7. Immediate implementation of Police reforms, providing equipment and training, basic service conditions to police personnel and state security forces.  Active facilitation of community participation in security and intelligence gathering.

8. Ensuring moderation and sensitivity in media reporting of violence whether terrorist or any other form, through self-regulation or fiat.

9. Evolve a policy for legal action against hate speech and demonisation of any religion or community.