3. Notice from Chandmal Chopra
NOTICE FROM CHANDMAL CHOPRA
25, Burtolla Street,
Calcutta - 7.
16th March, 1985.
Department of Home,
Government of West Bengal,
Calcutta - 1.
Sub: The Islamic book - Koran - forfeiture of - request for
In terms of Section 95 Cr. P.C. read with Sections 153A and 295A I.P.C. every copy of a book is liable to be forfeited to the Government if the book contains words or sayings which promote, on ground of religion, disharmony, enmity, hatred or ill-will between different religious communities or which outrage the religious feelings of any class of citizens of India or insult the religion or religious beliefs of that class of people. This is so whether the book is classic or epic, religious or temporal, old or new.
Now the Islamic religious book, Koran (or Qur’an), which is available throughout India, whether in the original Arabic or in its translations in Urdu, Bengali, Hindi, English or any other language, is blatantly guilty of each one of the above offences and thus squarely deserves to be declared forfeited to the Government in terms of the above provisions of law.
For example, the Koran incites violence by saying, ‘Believers! make war on the infidels who dwell around you. Let them find harshness in you’ (Surah 9: ayat 123) or by saying, ‘Do not yield to the unbelievers, but fight them strenuously with this Koran’ (Surah 25: ayat 52) or by saying, ‘If you do not fight He will punish you sternly and replace you by other men’ (Surah 9: ayat 39) or by saying, ‘When the sacred months are over, slay the idol-worshippers, wherever you find them. Arrest them, besiege them and lie in ambush everywhere for them’ (Surah 9: ayat 5).
Similarly this book promotes religious enmity, hatred and ill-will when it says, ‘Believers! know that idolaters are unclean’ (Surah 9: ayat 28) or when it says, ‘Therefore We stirred among them, i.e. the Christians, enmity and hatred which shall endure till the Day of Resurrection’ (Surah 5: ayat 14) or when it says, ‘Believers! take neither Jews nor Christians for your friends. They are friends with one another. Whoever of you seeks their friendship shall become one of their number. Allah does not guide the wrong-doers’ (Surah 5: ayat 51).
The above are but a few examples. Actually, the Koran abounds, or overflows with such offensive sayings, some more of which were set out in some three annexures to the letter dated 20th July, 1984, addressed to you in this behalf by a fellow citizen, Sri Himangshu Kishore Chakraborty, M.A., (Cal.) of 12/A/4, Pashupati Bhattacharya, Road, Behala, Calcutta - 34.
It is a matter of regret that inspite of being a blatantly offensive book, the book is still being widely circulated and has not been declared as forfeited to the Government by you inspite of Mr. Chakraborty’s request in the said letter dated 20th July, 1984 and his reminder dated 14th August, 1984.
Now you are finally requested to take necessary steps in this behalf within 7 days of the receipt hereof, failing which such legal steps will be taken as may be advised to us. This may please be treated as notice demanding justice.