What should Zakia Jafri do now?

Shravan Garg

What will Zakia Jafri do next? How much longer will they be able to walk? To keep fighting for justice, eighty-three years is no less! Born in Burhanpur (Madhya Pradesh) for the past sixteen years, Zakia was fighting in a legal battle for justice against those guilty of the brutal murder of her husband Ehsan Jafri and other innocent civilians in Ahmedabad, who had loved the people of ‘Ahmedabad. On February 21, 2002, rioters from the Gulbarg Society, an upper-middle-class Muslim settlement in Meghaninagar, north of Ahmedabad, set fire to Ehsan Jafri’s body and burned alive sixty-eight people who had been killed. refugee in his bungalow.

Zakia has lost the battle!

Zakia has lost the battle! His prayer has been rejected even in the highest court in the country. Social activist and journalist Teesta Setalvad, who challenged her legal assistance on the basis of court statements, was detained from Bombay by the Gujarat Police Anti-Terrorist Squadron. (Former Supreme Court Judge B Lokur has appealed to find out if any intentions or suggestions have been expressed in the court’s decision on Teesta’s arrest?) Zakia is now completely alone. She is not accompanied by the Congress led by Sonia Gandhi, whose candidate her husband Ehsan Jafri was elected deputy of Ahmedabad in 1977, when the party’s election in the post-emergency elections took place in the rest of the country, including Gujarat.

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no conspiracy no sign

Zakia’s only support at this bad time is her daughter Nishreen. After the brutal murder of Ehsan Jafri in the Gulbarg society and the subsequent burning of sixty-eight people alive before his eyes, Zakia, sixty-three years old, walked from Ahmedabad to his brother’s hideout in Gandhinagar, saving his life in some way. the vision of the mutineers … It was said that Zakia took three days to complete the 30-kilometer journey. Zakia’s first complaint on June 8, 2006 for justice was against sixty-three people, including then-Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, some influential members of his cabinet, lawmakers, officials and politicians from the Administrative Service. of Indian police. Dismissing the allegations mentioned in Zakia’s complaint, the judges noted that the case, which has been going on for years, appears to be heating up for some hidden reason. The information gathered during the investigation of the case does not reveal any firm or deep suspicion that there was a conspiracy at the highest level for mass violence throughout the State against the minority community or the persons whose names have been Mentioned. in the complaint, their involvement in any phase is indicated. The court has also said that legal action should be taken against those involved in the abuse of the judicial process.

Had the Prime Minister followed his Rajdharma?

During the Godhra incident and the immediate aftermath of the riots in other parts of Gujarat, including Ahmedabad, the Atal ji-led NDA government was at the center. At that time, Atal ji had also visited Gujarat. His widely publicized observation of the time is that the state government did not follow his “rajdharma.” No one would have asked at that time or later that if the Prime Minister had followed his rajdharma, he could have ousted the Modi government by asking the governor for a report on the state of law and order in Gujarat. (Sunder Singh Bhandari was the governor of Gujarat at the time of the riots.) Then no one even alleged that Atalji did not have the courage to anger the Gujarat chief minister.

What did the UPA government do?

During Zakia’s first complaint in June 2006, Delhi was ruled by the UPA and Manmohan Singh was the prime minister. This government also remained in power until 2014. Zakia would have expected the UPA government to extend all its help to him in the case related to the assassination of a former deputy of his own party. It didn’t happen. The then Deputy Director General of Gujarat Police, RB Sreekumar, who was detained along with Teesta Setalvad after Supreme Court statements, told The Telegraph that two ministers in Manmohan Singh’s government: the Minister of Defense AK Antony and Interior Minister Sushil Kumar. he wrote two letters to Shinde to investigate the riots. When both showed no interest, they wrote a letter directly to the Prime Minister. The Prime Minister’s Office informed him that he had been asked to act in the Ministry of Defense and Interior. According to Sreekumar, the two ministries have not yet done anything. Atal ji’s inability to show actions against the state government of his own party and the moral corruption of UPA government ministers is recorded in history, the question is how an elderly woman should get the verdict final on the court’s lawsuit. Why did I have to lose my remaining breaths while waiting so long? A decision they never expected!

ITS closure report

When no action was taken on the first complaint filed in June 2006, Zakia asked the High Court to treat his complaint as an FIR. He reached the Supreme Court against the cancellation by the High Court of his prayer in November 2007. In March 2008, a court of three judges of Judges Arijit Pasayat, P Sathasivam and Aftab Alam, observing that the harmony communal is the test of democracy, he ordered the Gujarat government to appoint the retired director of CBI to investigate the Gulberg Society and other cases. Issue a notification for the formation of an SIT under the leadership of RK Raghavan. The SIT in its investigation found that all allegations made in the complaint are unfounded. In February 2012, the SIT, while filing a closure report on the case, dealt a net blow to the 63 people, including Modi. Against the ITS closure report, Zakia arrived at the Gujarat High Court, where his prayer was rejected on October 5, 2017. According to former Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, the Supreme Court seal the SIT report, but at the request of the petitioner’s lawyers, gave them the right to file a protest petition before the magistrate. The magistrate has also accepted the SIT report as correct. The petitioners were not satisfied with this and in 2018 they took the matter back to the Supreme Court, where it was finally ruled on 24 June.

What should Zakia do next?

From the first complaint filed in Gujarat on June 8, 2006 to the final decision of the New Delhi Supreme Court on June 24, 2022, Zakia Jafri’s appeals were rejected everywhere, but this lonely old woman he did not give up. Between 2018 and June 2022, the matter was also postponed several times for the final hearing in the Supreme Court. Zakia was aware that her struggle was with powerful people, but she continued to fight. He didn’t even leave Gujarat. After the 2002 riots, a large number of people from the minority community had emigrated from Gujarat out of fear, but like the Kashmir Valley, it is not talked about anywhere. Now Teesta, who supported Zakia in the legal battle, is also in the custody of Gujarat police. What do you think? What should Zakia do next? Should they stop their fight for justice? { The writer is a former group editor of Dainik Bhaskar ,

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