Delhi professor raises another Islamophobic bogey: 'Marks jihad' in Kerala

Date: 7 October 2021

A professor at Kirori Mal College in New Delhi and a leader of the RSS-backed teachers organisation National Democratic Teachers Front, has raised another Islamophobic bogey - ‘marks jihad’ in Kerala. In a Facebook post, Rakesh Kumar Pandey, a professor of physics, alleged that the Kerala state board provided many students 100% marks and as a result, many students from the state had been over admitted in some courses. “A college had to admit 26 students in a course having 20 seats only because they all had 100 percent marks from the Kerala board. For last few years, Kerala board is implementing - #MarksJihad,” he wrote on Facebook.

Alleging a conspiracy behind these admissions, he said in a statement, "The invasion of Kerala board students with perfect 100 per cent marks cannot be considered as unplanned. It hints at something that must be investigated. There is no way that one can accept this inexplicable flow of students from the Kerala board as normal. Majority of these students are comfortable neither in Hindi nor in English. All these students do not have 100 per cent marks in Class 11." He also said that Delhi University (DU) should hold entrance examinations to stop the misuse of the ‘merit’ admissions based on Class 12 marks.

Without providing any proof, the professor went on to allege that Keralites had a role in Delhi riots and many funded by the PFI were looking to settle in Delhi.




Doctor denies treatment to Muslim patient, kicks her

Date: 9 October 2021

A doctor at the district hospital in Betul, Madhya Pradesh, was suspended from duty following a police complaint by a Muslim woman for denying treatment and “kicking” her.

Rehana Parveen (28) filed a complaint against Dr Pradeep Dhakad for allegedly kicking her in the stomach when he came to know she was a Muslim. The incident took place on 02 October.

“I had a severe pain in my stomach,” Parveen told Maktoob. “A junior doctor referred us to meet Dr Pradeep Dhakad so that I can be admitted to the hospital, but as soon as we reach to the doctor and showed our treatment card, he refused to attend me as he was recognised by my name written on the treatment card”.

Parveen was not admitted due to the non-availability of beds in the hospital. Her family argued with the doctor who told them he “doesn’t attend Muslim patients”.

“The doctor refused treatment only after reading my name,” claims Parveen. Although she was later admitted in the same hospital, she alleges that she was not given “proper care”.

The incident sparked a protest outside the hospital demanding Dhakad’s arrest.




Dargah Attacked in Madhya Pradesh's Neemuch

Date: 07 October 2021

A mob of more than 20 masked men reportedly attacked a shrine in Madhya Pradesh’s Neemuch on the night of October 2-3. Police probing the attack have sent samples of the damaged portion to the Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) to ascertain whether any explosive was used by attackers, PTI said.

The place of worship, located 70 km away from Neemuch, was damaged and its priest and a devotee were thrashed with sticks, police said.

The attackers had left behind a pamphlet claiming the shrine was involved in converting Hindus to Islam. In it, the accused threatened that if anyone reconstructed the shrine, they would face dire consequences, Hindustan Times reported.

The injured devotee, Abdul Rajjak, and the priest Noor Baba, who sustained minor injuries in the incident, returned to their homes in Rajasthan after receiving medical treatment, Superintendent of Police Suraj Kumar Verma told PTI over the phone.