Mangaluru, Oct 20: Over 20 Muslim organisations from across the district have come together to form the 'Forum for Rights and Justice.' Its members include the Jamat-e-Islami-Hind, Jamat-Ul-Falah, Karnataka Forum for Dignity and the Wakf Board advisory committee. The hitherto opposing Sunni, Salafi and Tabliq factions have also become members of the forum, which, at a recent convention, elected civil rights activist U H Umar as its convener. The group intends to organise a movement within the Islamic community against terrorism and protect innocent members of the community from harassment by the police and other law enforcement agencies. Speaking to The Hindu Mr. Umar said that some vested interests were attempting to corrupt the minds of Muslim youth in the country. 'We intend to free such youngsters from the clutches of evil.' The entire community was getting a bad name and was being targeted by the law enforcement agencies.
The police and law enforcement agencies were committing human rights violations in the name of fighting terror, he charged and said that the forum would act as a bulwark against such oppression, he said. He said that the group would act as a media watchdog and attmpt at projecting the community in the right light. 'There is a growing tendency among the media to carry only the official version in terror-related cases. For instance, the accused persons in a case are blindly projected as terrorists. This is an affront to jurisprudence of this country,' he said.The group will attempt to revive the faith in the system among the youth, he added.