ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Resisting State Complicity in Communal Crimes

Though the Communal Violence (Prevention, Control and Rehabilitation of Victims) Bill, 2005 introduced by the United Progressive Alliance government in the Rajya Sabha was awaited with great hope, the bill being considered is a grave let down. The foundation of the bill itself, or the objectives on which the entire edifice is constructed, is so flawed that its architecture cannot be remedied by improvements in specific components. Given the many episodes where democratically elected state administrations have been openly partisan and neglectful, or even actively participated in the massacre of segments of the populace, the bill sets out, perversely, to vest those same governments with even more powers.

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