Assam: FIR Against 10 People For Writing Poem On Citizenship Issue

The Logical Indian Crew Assam

July 12th, 2019 / 6:43 PM

Assam Citizenship Issue

Image Credit: Indian TodaySouth Asia MonitorIndia TV

Assam police registered an FIR against 10 people after receiving a complaint about a poem on the contentious citizenship issue in the state, reported The Indian Express. The accused have been charged under sections 420 (punishment for cheating) and 406 (punishment for criminal breach of trust) of the Indian Penal Code and relevant sections of the Copyright Act, 1957.


“Poem Depicts Xenophobic Representation Of Assamese People”

Deputy Commissioner of Police Dharmendra Kr Das confirming the news said that an FIR has been registered but no arrests have been made yet.

In the complaint, Pranabjit Doloi, referring to a poem written by Kazi Sharowar Hussein, said that the poem depicts a ‘xenophobic representation of Assamese people’. 

“The accused person’s intention is to depict a picture of Assamese people as xenophobic in the eyes of the whole world, which [is] a serious threat to the Assamese people, as well as, towards the national security and harmonious social atmosphere,” read the complaint by Pranabjit. “The real intention of this poem is to motivate and provoke their community against the system,” it further said. The poem by Kazi Sharowar Hussein, based on which the complaint was filed, was published by Al Jazeera last month.

The people named in the FIR include Ashraful Hussain, Hafiz Ahmed, Rehna Sultana, Abdul Rahim, Kazi Sharowar Hussein, Shalim M Hussain, Karishma Hazarika, Abdul Kalam Azad, Banamallika Choudhary and Farhad Bhuyan. These poets have written several poems voicing their opinion on the implementation of the citizenship bill.

Reacting on the complaint, activist Abdul Kalam Azad, who has been named in the FIR, asked, “Do we not have the right to write a poem on genuine citizens being marked Doubtful voters or being sent to detention camps?”


Accused Are Bengal-Origin Muslim 

Most of accused are Bengal-origin Muslim poets and activists and write in a local dialect referred to as Miyah dialect. 

The meaning of Miyah has a differing meaning based on where it is used. In Bengali, Miyah means a “gentleman”, however, it is used as a derogatory term for ‘immigrant’ Muslims in Assam. For Bengali Muslims, Miyah poetry is a medium for expression against injustice and discrimination.

Miyah dialect, for its nature and impact to a certain community, has received criticism from a number of Assamese public intellectuals including Hiren Gohain.


Also Read: NRC To Be Implemented On Priority Basis, Says President; Additional NRC Draft Excluding More People To Be Out Soon


Contributors

Written by : Satendra

Edited by : Shraddha Goled

Related Stories

Have You Ever Got A Letter? This Woman’s Initiative Of Strangers Writing Letter Is Healing People

Uttar Pradesh, School, Headmaster, Right Wing, Suspension

UP School Headmaster Suspended As His Students Recite An Urdu Poem, After Right-Wing Complains

Kargil War Veteran Arrested

Not Able To Prove Citizenship, Kargil War Veteran Sent To Detention Camp In Assam

Citizenship Bill Protests Modi

Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016: Nude Protest, Black Flags & Balloons Greet PM Modi In Assam

Mirage 2000 Crash HAL

“Shattered The Family & All That He Desired”: Brother Of IAF Pilot Who Died During Test Sortie Pens Emotional Poem

Assam Bill Protest

Assam: KMSS Members Strip Naked At Protest Against Citizenship (Amendment) Bill

Latest on The Logical Indian

Exclusive

WhatsApp Accounts Of Kashmiris Deleted As Internet Shutdown In Valley Enters 4th Month

News

Uttar Pradesh: Class 10 Student Gang Raped In Car Painted With Police Logo

News

RBI Cuts India’s Annual Growth Rate From 6.1% To 5%

News

Bullet Train Tenders Given To Firms Who Donated To BJP: Report

Good To Know: RO Water Not Safe To Drink, Removes All Necessary Minerals

News

Freedom Of Expression Is Shrinking In India: Civil Rights Rating Agency

x

Stories that deserve attention, delivered to your inbox!

Handpicked, newsworthy stories which deserve the attention of a rational generation.