Sudarshan News shares communal misinfo on Shiv Mandir in Rajasthan

Date: 22 january 2022

A two-part video was shared by Sudarshan News on January 21. In the first part, a man representing the Dharohar Bachao Samiti claims that a Shiv Mandir has been shut by the Devsthan Vibhag in Rajasthan and a Mazar has been built over it. The second part of the video simply highlights the dome of the Mazar from a different angle. The man criticises the Congress-led Ashok Gehlot government in Rajasthan.

At the time of writing, the tweet received over 5,000 likes and close to 4,000 retweets. The temple – Mandir Shri Lakshmi Narayan Ji Bai Ji temple- is located in Jaipur, Rajasthan. The Mazar can clearly be seen in a stock image from January 29, 2020, available on Alamy. Sudarshan News amplified a false claim that a mandir was closed in Rajasthan as a Mazar has been built in its place. Upon investigating it was found that the Mazar has been there for over 40 years now.




Catholic priest booked for offensive remarks against Muslims

Date: 28 january 2022

Kannur police lodged a complaint against a Catholic priest in Manikkadavu, near Iritty, for allegedly making offensive remarks against Muslims. According to the Ulikkal police, the accused made insulting statements against halal cuisine and Prophet Mohammed during a speech at Manikkadavu St Thomas Church. As per a Times of India report, a complaint has been filed against Father Antony Tharakkadavil of the Kunnoth Seminary under Section 153 of the IPC. The priest allegedly said that attempts were being made to convert Christian girls after attracting them through a network of juice shops. The Sunni Yuvajana Sangam (SYS) said that such remarks were inappropriate for a priest and a disgrace for the state where many religious groups live in harmony.

Chancellor of Thalassery Archdiocese, Father Thomas Thenguballil commented on the issue saying, “The remarks against Muslim beliefs in a speech made during the Manikkadavu church festival do not reflect the stand of the Catholic Church or the Thalassery Archdiocese. We do not support ideas which are against communal harmony.”




Police enter mosque on Eid day, beat up imam and others for breaking Covid-19 protocol

Date: 2 August 2020

A team led by Kuttyadi circle inspector entered a mosque in Narayangode, Kerala and allegedly beat up the imam and others on the day of Eid. In a complaint filed by the mosque administrator, a couple of people including the muezzin (the person who calls the prayer) and the administrator had gone to the mosque to turn people away on Eid morning since Covid restrictions were in place. Administrator Sherif had to be hospitalized.