From the Malegaon blast case in 2006 to the serial blasts in Jaipur, Delhi, Kanpur, Mumbai train blasts, in all these cases there’s one common thread - apart from the innocents who were killed;  the wrongful arrest of Muslims who were held as accused, suffered for years in jail but eventually, they were 'acquitted' due to lack of evidence. Unlike their arrests, the acquittal hardly makes any news. Many people from the community have suffered for years when booked under the contentious Unlawful Activities Prevention Act or UAPA. They are arrested, jailed for years, and eventually acquitted. The ordeal of 16 such people is compiled in the book Baizzat Bari by Manisha Bhalla and Dr Aleemullah Khan. This documentary aims to highlight a pattern of shoddy investigation, false accusations and presumption of guilt, under which many Muslims are wrongfully incarcerated on terror charges. The docu also aims to highlight what acquittal really means for a Muslim wrongfully accused of being a terrorist.

 

Hindutva goons prevent students from offering namaz

Date: 24 January 2022

Hindutva goons barged into a school in the Kolar district and created a scene over Muslim students offering prayers in the school premises.

In a video that surfaced on social media, Muslim students can be seen offering prayers inside a classroom and in the same video, the group of men can be seen shouting and attempting to intimidate the school management. Following this, the police had to intervene and the men can be seen indulging in an argument with the cops as well.

Students of the Mulbagal Someshwara Palaya Bale Changappa Government Kannada Model Higher Primary School have been offering Friday prayers inside the premises since December 2021, reported The News Minute. Although no formal complaint has been filed against the school, the district collector has reportedly ordered a probe after protests by members of a Hindutva outfit.

Although the headmistress Uma Devi denied it initially, the students were given permission to hold prayers within the school, to prevent the children from going outside the premises.

On January 21, Uma Devi had denied any knowledge about the incident and in another video can be heard saying that she was unaware of the development and came to know about this only after being informed by the Block Education Officer. “It has happened without my knowledge. In the future, we will not allow this. All students are equal for us. We have not told anyone to do namaz or anything,” she said.

Sources within the school say that after the school reopened after the pandemic, the school had to premise the children to pray within the premises, at lunchtime, as it was difficult to bring them for the afternoon session, post their prayers at the mosque nearby.

 

Sources:

https://www.siasat.com/karnataka-hindutva-goons-prevent-students-from-offering-namaz-2263670/ 

https://www.thenewsminute.com/article/how-video-students-doing-namaz-karnataka-school-was-used-create-tension-160433 

https://indianexpress.com/article/cities/bangalore/karnataka-govt-school-headmistress-suspended-after-viral-video-shows-students-performing-namaz-7744371/ 

 

The first public inquiry into Islamophobia in Scotland has found that racism against Muslims has escalated. Verbal and physical assaults have intensified, especially on public transport, with more participants in Glasgow experiencing abuse.

 

Report of the inquiry into Islamophobia in Scotland by the Cross-Party Group on Tackling Islamophobia

 

In Loni, BJP MLA Gurjar Calls for 'Hindu Unity', Ramps Up Communal Rhetoric

Date: 24 january 2022

Ahead of the February 10 election in Uttar Pradesh’s Loni, sitting BJP legislator Nand Kishor Gurjar, a Hindutva hardliner who stoked controversies on several occasions in the past, ramped up his communal agenda again. 

Calling for the Hindus in his constituency to unite and ratcheting up his tirade against Muslims, Gurjar jumped into campaigning with the controversial “Na Ali, Na Bahubali, Keval Bajrang Bali” slogan. The slogan along with the cries of “Jai Shri Ram” is being used widely in canvassing, to polarise voters. 

The inflammatory slogan attracted the attention of the Election Commission on January 15 and notice was served on him, seeking his explanation. The poll body warned him against employing such slogans that could result in tensions among different caste groups or religious communities. 

However, the notice seemed to have little impact on Gurjar, for he used the same controversial slogan two days after he was served the notice.  

Outside Gurjar’s campaign office, songs laced with jingoism urging only “genuine nationalists” to vote for Gurjar blare from wayside speakers. 

Speaking to The Wire, Gurjar says he stands by his slogan, adding that ‘Ali’ in that slogan meant Mohammad Ali Jinnah. 

 

Sources:

https://thewire.in/politics/up-polls-in-loni-bjp-mla-gurjar-calls-for-hindu-unity-ramps-up-communal-agenda 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vAnvDUdeN4c 

 

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