Dakshina Kannada News:
A Mumbai-based organisation, Indian Muslim for Secular Democracy, has released a strong statement, supporting Nahid Afrin and Suhana the young singers and condemning “the attempts of certain Muslims who with their blinkered brand of Islam seek to silence the nightingales of Indian Islam”.
Indian Muslims for Secular Democracy describes itself as “a forum of Indian Muslims committed to the values of democracy, secularism, equality and justice as enshrined in the UN’s ‘Universal Declaration of Human Rights’ and the Constitution of India”. These values, it believes, “are fully in consonance with the core teachings of Islam”.
Following is the full text of the statement issued on behalf of the forum by its convener, Javed Anand.