The National Integration Council, which discussed ways to check communal violence, on Monday condemned all forms of violence intended to disturb communal harmony and resolved to take immediate action against those involved in it.
The NIC unanimously resolved to condemn violence in any form committed to disturb communal harmony and to deal with all those indulging in such violence in a prompt and resolute manner under the law, said a resolution passed at the council meeting.
It agreed to take all measures to preserve sustain and strengthen the harmonious relationship between all communities and enable all citizens to lead their lives in freedom as equal citizen with dignity and honour.
The NIC also condemned the sexual abuse, molestation and violent attacks on women and resolved "to ensure prompt and firm action against the culprits by the law enforcement agencies as well as speedy prosecution of such cases under the criminal justice system".
The council, chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, also denounced repeated atrocities on Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes and decided to take stringent actions on the perpetrators of such crimes under the various laws and special acts enacted. It also resolved that the government and all stake holders shall take all measures for resolving differences and disputes among the people within the framework of law and institutions set up thereunder in order to strengthen our secular and pluralistic society, the resolution said.