New Delhi: Association for Protection of Civil Rights (APCR) said that the recent arrests of Maulana Umar Gautam previously known as Shyam Pratap Singh Gautam and Mufti Qazi Jahangir Alam Qasmi is a part of the UP government’s systematic effort to curtailing one’s right to change his/her religion or belief.
APCR General Secretary, Malik Motasim Khan termed their arrest as an attack on religious freedom of the citizenry of this country.
He further stated, “It is the constitutional duty of the government to promote and protect the individual’s right to adopt a religion or belief of his/her choice but on the contrary the government seems to be more visioned and leaned towards restricting the practice of this right.”
The UP Police have arrested Gautam and Qasmi over the allegation that the duo was involved in the conversion of people in illegal manners.
The APCR urged the honourable Allahabad High Court to take suo moto cognizance of the alleged “religious conversion case” and quash the FIR registered against them. It further urged the government and certain section of media to stop stigmatization of converts