Dumped in jail and dubbed a SIMI agent by the local media, Qazi could have ended up as an addition to the statistics of Muslims in Maharashtra’s jails. Muslims are 10.6 per cent of the state’s population, but account for 32.4 per cent of its prison numbers.
“I knew I would be released because the charges were all trumped up. I was, however, restless about why there was such hostility amongst the police against the Muslim community,” Qazi said.
So when he got out after a harrowing 55 days in jail, Qazi decided that instead of being bitter about the episode, he would do something positive — he set up a coaching centre to help Muslim youths from Dhule join the police force. In the three years since, his centre has trained over 750 Muslims, of which 25 have joined the police force as constables and are posted across Maharashtra.
“I had read the Sachar Committee report which stated that there were only 1.5 per cent Muslim cops in Maharashtra. I thought increasing the number of Muslims in the police force could at least help rein in the hostility a little,” Kazi said.
He set up the centre under a government scheme in which the state minority department helps set up training centres for pre-recruitment training. Set up in 2009, it has a staff strength of eight, who give the youth written, physical as well as oral training.
Kazi said more and more youth are coming forward to join the system. “Many of the Muslim youth who hail from poor, uneducated families thought joining the force was a glass ceiling they could not break. However once they came for the training, they felt it was not so difficult,” he said.
Rameez Pathan from the Muslim ghetto of Mughlai in Dhule said the centre had provided him an avenue to harness his talent. “I was good at athletics but I never knew I could use it to get myself a government job. This coaching centre taught me what to expect during my exams. It also taught me how to face people and give an interview,” the 22-year-old said.
He was selected as a constable last year and is undergoing training in Kalamboli.
Another serving constable from Dhule who did not wished to be named said that the centre had trained many Muslim youths who had studied in Urdu-medium schools to appear for the exam which is undertaken in Marathi. “Being from Urdu medium, we were not very fluent in Marathi. However, in the centre we were told that the process had been simplified and we would only have to answer objective questions,” the contable, who is serving with the Dhule police, said.
Kazi said he often chances upon the youths trained by the centre. With a wry smile, he added: “I run into some of them while going for hearings of my case, which is still on... I feel happy when I see them.”
Blaming any religion is senseless. Fanatics of all religions commit inhuman, brutal acts against human beings they consider their enemies.
Raees Qazi's efforts are laudable, if his secualr and nationalist credentials are secure. But what about those inspired by SIMI ideology but trained by him. What kind of duties they might perform while being loyal to communal forces. SIMI and similar organisations have been training young boys in coastal areas for infiltrating police and other armed forces.
Great work Mr Kazi. You may establish training centres for sports in which these hardy Muslim youth who may not have academic skills can easily excel. This would give them self confidence and public exposure.Help them out of their siege mentality. God help you!
It is not in Hindustan, Muslims have probelm everywhere. No other religion teaches hatredness except Islam. There is no God other than Alla rest all the religion are fools. Islam teaches produce children as much as they can and then leave at Gods hand so that their population multiplies and produce great people like Dawood Ibrahim, Osama Bin Laden, Owais.
Dear Hindustani, i humbly invite you to read Islamic history and a translated Quran to know the facts. It seems that u r a misguided missile landing on its own soil. islam is the religion of peace and the name itself is related to peace. No relegion teaches hatred, I agree, but why you have these kind of sick views against Islam? pl revisit ur thoughts and mind ur language to be a good follower
Islam justifies violence too meet its goal. I have read quran 5 times and concluded. Everyone is sick of you people, Russians, Chinese, Thai, Indians, Nigerians, US, Frenen ch, Danish, and even shias. Islam is a religion of Pieces (Body Pieces) exploded by Bomb