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Abuse And Death Threat To John Dayal: Is Democracy Dying In India?

By All India Secular Forum

14 September, 2015

The threats of abuse and death to Dr. John Dayal are one more disturbing events in recent times. John Dayal is a member of National Integration Council, is the Secretary General of All India Catholic Union and a foremost human rights defender. He has been seriously committed to the values of pluralism, secularism, communal harmony and for defense of weaker sections of society. An activist of long standing and repute; he has been part of human rights endeavors upholding the rights of minorities, Dalits and Adivasis.

He received phone calls, which are abusive and threatening. #ShameOnJohnDayal was trending on twitter in India on 13th September and worst type of abuses have been tweeted and his personal details where revealed on Twitter. The abuses were also for the Catholic-Christian minority and are aimed to disturb the communal harmony. The threats are part of the rising trend of intolerance for dissenting opinions. The country has witnessed the murders of Narendra Dabholar, Pansare and Kalburgi. The rationalist thinker Bhagawan is also under the death threat. The growing assertion of the sectarian and divisive thinking in current times needs to be curtailed and opposed to preserve our democratic society. In neighboring countries dominated by fundamentalist trends we have witnessed the murders of bloggers for holding opinions which are not in conformity with assertions of fundamentalist elements. We need to uphold the ‘right to dissent’ and ensure that such abusive tweets are registered as a crime.

We call for providing adequate protection to John Dayal. Those indulging in such threat and hate mongering should be identified and punished as per the law of the land. The spread of hatred through such actions needs to be condemned and punished.

Ram Puniyani

All India Secular Forum

Please sign the petition to Delhi Police Commissioner "Arrest Those Who Threaten and Abuse John Dayal"

Here is the copy of the FIR

Sh. Bhim Sain Bassi,
Delhi City Commissioner of Police Delhi Police Headquarters,
ITO, New Delhi-110002

Dear Sir,

September 13, 2015

Sub: i) Threat to my life and liberty, criminal intimidation and defamation suffered by me at the hands of various people on the website 'www.twitter.com'.

ii) Widespread attempts to disturb and prejudice religious harmony and insult Christianity with the malicious intention of outraging the religious beliefs of Christians.

  1. 1)  I am a member of the National Integration Council (NIC)of India, Secretary- General of the All India Christian Council and a past president of the All India Catholic Union. I have subscribed to the website twitter.com and use the medium to communicate with various people. I have been the subject of tremendous and vile abuse (both personal and religious in nature) on twitter, from various miscreants for a long time now. I regularly receive threats to my life and liberty and live under constant fear. Previously I made complaints to the concerned authorities, however, no action has been taken till date.

  2. 2)  This campaign of abuse is directed not only at me but at the Christian community in general and there appears to be a deliberate and concerted attempt to prejudice religious harmony and hurt the sentiments of the Christian community and other Indians as well.

  3. 3)  This campaign of vitriolic abuse, vilification and bigotry reached a crescendo on 12th September, 2015, when a sudden, unprovoked and large scale attack on me and the members of my community was launched on twitter by a large number of people. I am emphasizing with great pain that the abuse in question was directed not only at me but also the larger Christian Community. My personal telephone number was posted on twitter and the world at large was invited to threaten and abuse me on the phone. As soon as my number was released I began receiving threatening and abusive phone calls. I am not able to use my mobile phone n

4)  The extent of abuse and threats faced by me can be gauged from the fact that within a few hours 'shame on john dayal' started trending. As you are aware sir, a 'trend' indicates that a large number of people are tweeting with the phrase which is trending.

  1. 5)  Sir, as the screenshots attached by me will illustrate, I have been accused of selling my mother and have been the recipient of vile cuss words. Handles like @smartindianhere @tsukinorayko @vsreeniwas @sarcaism are a few out of many who have shamelessly abused me. @abdullah_0mar's tweet claimed that I endorse rape.

  2. 6)  Direct threats of harm to my life and liberty have been made. People tweeting from handles such as @ajaykamath1981 @dwivedi_ji12 tweeted saying that I must die, with the latter tweeting that the person who shoots me will be a patriot. People tweeting from the handles @damodarshenoy92 @kaandmasti

    @joydeep1985 incited people to be violent with me.

  3. 7)  Sir people tweeting from @prohindugirl @socialmediatbn @milind_singh @munendradwivedi @jagobharathjago @revolutionmonk went a step ahead and attacked my religion-Christianity. Previously, @abhijeetsinger who is a famous bollywood singer had tweeted that I should be hanged along with Yakub Memon. Another person using the handle @anandks666 tweeted a threat to commit depraved crimes against my son and wife. I find it beyond my dignity to quote the tweets in question and the screenshots of the same have been attached for your convenience.

  4. 8)  Sir, my reputation stands destroyed, my life is in danger. I live under fear for my life and liberty and more alarmingly there is a conspiracy underway to destroy religious harmony. A prima facie perusal of the tweets attached with this complaint reveals the commission, inter alia, of offences under sections 153(A), 295 (A), 499, 503, 505 and 507 of the Indian Penal Code and other enactments.

  5. 9)  By the means of this complaint, I implore you to act against these dangerous people so that my life is protected and no further harm is caused to me or to religious harmony in general and such criminals are brought to book.

Dr. John Dayal

The Printout of the major Tweets have been submitted to Police Station Mandawali, Delhi east vide Daily Diary  no  44 B Dated 13/9/2015 recieved by DO Sub Inspector Prem Pal



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