VHP general secretary Dr Pravin Togadia expressed satisfaction over the death punishment awarded by the Court under the supervision of Supreme Court to 11 convicts in Godhra train burning case. In a statement issued in New Delhi on March 1, he, however, demanded that the State government must appeal without further delay against such a low punishment like life imprisonment to the 20 convicts as well as against the acquittal of 64 accused.
He said, “It is imperative that the victims of such a brutal jehad of burning Hindus alive in the train must get full justice. There are fast track courts to handle cases of crimes against the foreign tourists here, but from 2002 the Hindus have been waiting for full justice. These are basic human rights of Hindus that they are treated like respected human beings. But for vote bank politics Hindus have been facing severe injustice whereas doing contempt of court, the so-called pseudo secular media and human rights activists claim that there was no iota of evidence against those whom the Court has given death penalty! It is time that these double standards are exposed and even the judiciary must punish the activists who mislead the process of law and indulge in contempt of court. Those who were pouncing on Hindus to accept court verdict in Ram Mandir case, are now shouting against the verdict in Godhra train carnage case with full intention of hurting Hindu sentiments and to ensure that the victims of the carnage do not get justice!”
Dr Togadia also appealed to the Union Government to instruct its sitting ministers not to influence the legal process by way of being part of media channel debate panels. He further added, “All those political parties and their extra vocal leaders who are hell bent upon pushing Hindus to jail on false cases must refrain from coming in the way of full justice to the Godhra train carnage victims and their families. Hindus are being subjected to victimisation at the hands of jehadis and political parties. It is time that Hindus stand up to such persecution democratically and following due legal process but for that it is essential that no individual, human rights activists, pseudo-secular media and vote-greedy political parties be allowed to hamper this process.”