NEW DELHI - Disturbed by a growing number of political assassinations and murders in his country, an Indian Muslim scholar has called for applying Shari`ah law as an urgent solution to curb the growing violence, Emirates 24/7 agency reported.
India should introduce strict Islamic Shari`ah punishment system to prevent killers and those who spread violence to go scot free due to political influence, said Kanthapuram Abubaker, General Secretary of All India Muslim Scholars Association and founder and Vice-Chancellor of Jamia Markazu Ssaquafathi Ssunniyya (Sunni Cultural Centre).
Those who kill someone should get capital punishment.
Popularly known as Shaikh Aboobackar Ahmad, Abubaker is a leader of the AP Sunni Muslim community.
Seeing growing political assassinations, communal riots and other violent crimes in India, he saw shari`ah law as the solution to stop these crimes, citing its successful role in curbing such crimes in the Gulf countries.
Gulf countries have successfully curbed such crimes and India should introduce capital punishment to curb violent crimes, he said.
Kanthapuram was referring to a spate of political assassinations and communal violence incidents in India, especially Kerala.
A rebel communist leader TP Chandrashekharan was stabbed 51 times to death by an unidentified criminal gang, who were believed to be hired by a third party.
Even BBC News recently reported a spate of political assassinations in Kerala, based on a disclosure that one political party is accused of carrying out a number political assassinations based on a list prepared by the party leaders.
Kanthapuram said he just completed a campaign against alcoholism, violence and other vices.
In Islam, Shari`ah govern issues in Muslims' lives from daily prayers to fasting and from to inheritance and marital cases to financial disputes.
The Islamic rulings, however, do not apply on non-Muslims, even if in a dispute with non-Muslims.
The scholar suggested Shari`ah application for heinous crimes if the government wants to curb them in the country.
Those who kill others in the name of politics or religion go scot free because they have protection from senior political leaders, Abubaker said.
Those who indulge in serious crimes such as political assassinations continuously commit such and get scot free believing that their political bosses will protect them.
India should follow Gulf countries and introduce Shariah rule of awarding capital punishment to those who kill Indian citizens. This will reduce heinous crimes in society, he said.
There are some 140 million Muslims in Hindu-majority India, the world's third-largest Muslim population after those of Indonesia and Pakistan.
India has been victim to repeated communal violence.
In the aftermath of the Babri Masjid demolition in 1992, 900 people were killed in communal violence.
Ten years ago, Gujarat witnessed the worst communal rioting in post-independence India.
The riots, which saw at least 2,000 Muslims hacked or burned to death, erupted after 59 Hindu pilgrims died in a train fire first blamed on Muslims but which a later inquiry concluded was accidental.
Several investigations at the state and federal levels accused police of failing to protect Muslims under orders from Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi and his aides, fanning one of the worst instances of sectarian violence in India.