Self-Immolation Incident at the SC Gate is Deplorable: Prof. Salim Engineer

Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) Vice President Prof. Salim Engineer has expressed utter grief and concern over the self-immolation incident outside the Supreme Court of India. In a statement on August 26, the JIH leader has lamented that this unexpected incident outside the apex court of the country is like landing itself into the court of justice.
The horrific incident happened on August 16, in which a rape victim aged 24 years female and witness aged 27 years man allegedly self-immolated themselves in front of a gate of the court and later they died in a hospital. The woman was from Uttar Pradesh’s Ghazipur, seeking justice since 2019. She was allegedly raped by Bahujan Samaj Party MP Atul Rai in 2019. The MP is currently in judicial custody in the rape case. The woman had alleged that five police officers were protecting the accused MP, who was continuously harassing the victim. In March, the woman had filed a plea in the Supreme Court, seeking transfer of her rape case for a fair trial from Allahabad to Delhi on grounds of threat to her life. But, in August, a local court in Varanasi issued a non-bailable warrant against her in a case of forgery based on a complaint filed by the accused MP’s brother.
Prof. Salim Engineer has maintained that the root cause of growing such anti-women shameless incidents in the country is delay in rendering justice and escape of perpetrators from conviction. He said, “Growing frustration with the judicial system is extremely worrying and dangerous. The nexus of the police administration, politicians and criminals is disappointing for the country.” He called on the eminent and enlightened people, social organisations and workers of the country to come forward to stop such immoral incidents.
Prof. Salim Engineer has demanded a court-monitored CBI probe into the incident, for ensuring justice to the victim, posthumously. He also asked the Government to give suitable compensation to family members of the victims as soon as possible. “The government and the judiciary need to take appropriate steps to restore and maintain public confidence in the judicial system,” the JIH Vice President added.
JIH President Releases Book on Sufism
The book, “Understanding Sufism,” written by Dr Waquar Anwar and published by The Board of Islamic Publications was released by Syed Sadatullah Husaini, President Jamaat-e-Islami Hind at the JIH headquarters on August 26.
This book aims to provide the introductory material on Sufism, along with its history and underlying concepts. The characteristic features of all the strands of Sufism have been discussed. Terms like Fana, Baqa, Kashf, Wahadatul Wajood and Wahadatul Shahood have been explained in simple language. The related issues have been studied with references to the primary sources of Islamic Shariah: The Qur’ān and the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ. The book also talks about lives and works with citations of views of some prominent Sufis.
In the Foreword, Muhammad Iqbal Mullah, Secretary, Shoba Dawat, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind has said, ” The book aims to present Sufism in its true light and clear the shroud that has engulfed it. Dr Waquar Anwar has very painstakingly presented for the readers, the definition and history of Sufism and its real status in Islam as per the Qur’ān and Sunnat.”

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