Sub: Criminal Complaint against Caravan Magazine, Azaz Ashraf (Columnist – Caravan) and Hartosh Singh Bal, (Editor – Caravan) under Section 153A/295A/505/120B IPC for hurting religious sentiments of Jawans by disclosing their caste & highlighting their religion under planned criminal conspiracy with a sole intention to incite communal disharmony in the country.
The applicant is a Youth Activist working for the prosperity & progress of the Nation and by way of this communication wishes to bring to your kind notice the illegal and criminal acts of the accused people & the organization mentioned in the subject with an intention to simply incite hatred and communal riots in the country by creating fault lines of religion and caste.
On 21st Feb, Caravan Magazine released an article online with the headline; ‘Urban upper-castes driving Hindutva nationalism have little representation among Pulwama’s slain jawans’.
This article was written with the context of the unfortunate and mindless killing of our Jawans by the Islamic Terror group Jaish-e-Mohammad on 14th Feb, 2019 in Pulwama.
Sir/Madam, when a Jawan sacrifices his life for the nation, he doesnt care about the caste or religion of the people living in the country. On the contrary, he forsakes his religious and social identity to be recognized only as an Indian. Mr. Azaz Ashraf who himself belongs to the Muslim religion, in the hour of the grief, called up Hindu families of the CRPF Jawans and by his own admission in his article, enquired about the caste of the slained Jawans. This has angered and disturbed millions of Hindus in the country. Needless to say, the families already in the trauma of losing their dear ones, must also have had to bear extreme torture of answering the inconsequential questioning of Mr. Azaz Ashraf.
He did not stop there. In his article, Ashraf insinuates that Jat Sikhs join security forces to merely earn a living. Thereby suggesting, although they dont wish to serve the Nation but are in the profession, with a sole purpose to earn money. This has again enraged the minority Sikh community as well of Hindu population in the country. The entire article is explicitly loaded with casteism, creed and religion of our security forces with an intention to lower their moral & unity.
Sir/Madam, you must be aware that the Islamic Terrorist organization Jaish-e-Mohammad had released a video post the Fidayeen attack, in which the attacker, Adil Ahmad Dar, had ranted about his organization’s intentions of attacking the ‘Cow worshippers and Gaumutra drinking Hindus’.
This had inflamed passions in the millions of the Hindus in the country. Although the peace loving majority maintained its composure, this article is now widely seen as a delibrate attempt by the Muslim writer to divert all the attention of the Terror attacks by highlighting the Hindu castes of the Jawans while not even mentioning once, the religion of the Terrorist organization or the Islamic Jihadi attacker, Adil Ahmad Dar.
Sir/Madam, the intention seemingly is to pit the lower caste Hindus against Upper caste Hindus and Upper caste Hindus against Muslims by inciting riots and disharmony in the country. In addition, by doing a caste analysis & with a malicious intent, Ashraf subtly pushes a narrative in readers mind that Kashmiri Muslims are killing Lower Caste Hindu Jawans. This is once again, a clear incitement to violence and communal riots.
It is therefore requested to your good self to please look into this matter and lodge a FIR in this regard. In addition, a notice to park the digital link of the article should be sent to all ISPs pending investigation along with a hold on their social media accounts to curb the reach of the published article. It is also requested that the financial records of the accused should be investigated to probe if the accused have been receiving any blood money across the borders from our enemies to incite communal riots in our country.
Since the mentioned article is spreading widely and has gone viral, a quick action is requested so that any untoward incident can be handled well in time.
P. S: The online link of the article is as follows:-