KHRC gets over 28 complaints on attacks on places of worship

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Mangalore, Sep 27 (UNI) The Karnataka Human Rights Commission (KHRC) had received as many as 28 petitions on human rights violations by police in connection with attacks on prayer halls during its three-day visit to Udupi and Daxina Kannada districts.

Speaking to newspersons, KHRC chairman S R Nayak today said the Commission, which was holding an inquiry into the incidents, would also seek the version of the District Administration and the police before compiling its findings.

The KHRC would also visit other places where prayer halls had come under attacks from vandals.

Based on media reports, the Commission had already sent notice to the state Chief Secretary to take all preventive and precautionary measures against recurrance of such incidents.

Though the Constitution bestowed freedom of religion to people forcible and fraudulent conversions was an offence punishable under law.

People should also be cautious about those citing as self appointed judges and prosecutors, he said.

''The public and media should play a vital role at this crucial juncture to help wipe bitter feelings and restore peace and brotherhood in the society,'' he added.

To a query, Mr Nayak said during the visit to seven minority prayer halls in Daxina Kannada, it received complaints on cases of police excess. This would be investigated.

During the interaction with the public, the KHRC had noted that majority of the people who met the Commission said about 99 per cent of Hindus, Muslims and Christians in the districts wanted peace and mutual faith which was being disturbed and spoilt by one per cent of those who indulged in conversion activities, he said.

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