Uttarakhand MLA posts veiled communal messages on Facebook

Date: 20 May 2020

Category: hate speech

Mahendra Bhatt, a ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislator of Uttarakhand from Badrinath assembly segment advised people to be cautious while visiting barber shops and beauty parlours which opened in the state. All the barber shops and beauty parlours in the state had been closed due to the nationwide lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic since the month of March. Apparently targeting barbers belonging to Muslim community, Mahendra Bhatt advised the general public to go to the barber shops with their own towels and ensure that do not do any ‘wrong’. The people should ensure that ‘Hanuman Chalisa’ is written in barber shops, he said. A majority of the barber shops in the state even in Garhwal and Kumaon hills are owned by Muslims from neighbouring western Uttar Pradesh. Bhatt had earlier in the month of April come up with an anti-Muslim advisory to the people of the state to avoid COVID-19. In a Facebook post, he had advised people that the danger of coronavirus has increased due to Tablighi Jamaat at Nizamuddin. He advised the people of Uttarakhand not to buy vegetables from Najibabad and also to be careful of which shop they were buying it from. He further asked people to buy vegetables from the farmers of Uttarakhand only.

 

Sources:

https://www.nationalheraldindia.com/india/uttarakhand-bjp-mla-peddles-communal-propaganda-advises-people-to-shun-barber-shops-owned-by-muslims 

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/dehradun/bjp-mlas-fb-post-on-barber-shops-draws-flak/articleshow/75874523.cms

 

Riot cases against BJP leaders withdrawn

Date: August 3, 2017

Category: Discrimination

The TS Rawat government  in Uttarakhand ordered the withdrawal of cases lodged in 2012 against seven persons, including a senior BJP leader, accused in the 2011 Rudrapur riots.  Serious cases under Sections 302 and 307 were registered against the BJP leaders after an inquiry was conducted in 2012.  Riots broke out in Rudrapur in 2011 in which four persons were killed and property worth several crores was destroyed in looting and arson. At that time, the BJP government under former Chief Minister BC Khanduri was in power. Soon after, the Congress government assumed charge under former Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna and an FIR was lodged against seven persons, including a senior BJP leader Nathu Lal. 

 

https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/archive/features/cases-against-bjp-leaders-withdrawn-446755

https://www.livehindustan.com/uttarakhand/dehradun/story-government-withdrew-the-lawsuit-filed-on-bjp-leaders-in-rudrapur-riots-1216215.html 

https://www.milligazette.com/news/4-national/2464-communal-riots-in-uttarakhands-rudrapur-town/ 

 

Jose K Mani says ‘love jihad’ should be addressed, withdraws statement a day later

Date: 29 March 2021

Category: Hate speech

New LDF partner Jose K Mani’s comments on a TV show created a huge political row in Kerala. Jose K Mani who heads the Kerala Congress (Mani) Jose faction, said that if there are concerns around ‘love jihad’ it should be addressed. Jose K Mani did not reject the theory of love jihad probably in a bid to appease a section of Christian voters, however the statement was in direct contrast to the Left’s stand rejecting the theory.  But with Left leaders reacting sharply to his comments, by the next day Jose K Mani chose to withdraw his statement and said that his stand is the same as LDF’s. When questioned about the matter, chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan denied that he had any knowledge of Mani’s statement.


 

Sources:

https://www.thenewsminute.com/article/jose-k-mani-says-love-jihad-should-be-addressed-withdraws-statement-day-later-146146

https://theprint.in/politics/love-jihad-cases-should-be-studied-addressed-kerala-congress-m-chief-on-church-view/629731/ 


 

Will bring law against ‘love jihad’, ‘land jihad’: Amit Shah in Assam

Date: 26 March 2021

Category: Hate speech

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on 26 March said the BJP would bring in laws against ‘love jihad’ and ‘land jihad’. Addressing party rallies at Kamalpur and Jagiroad, Mr. Shah said Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) president Badruddin Ajmal were synonymous with ‘tourism’ and ‘infiltration’ respectively. “Rahul Gandhi, who comes as a tourist, says Badruddin Ajmal is Assam’s identity. We say [15th-16th century saint-reformer] Srimanta Sankaradeva, [his disciple] Madhabdeva and Lachit Borphukan are Assam’s identity,” Mr. Shah said. “No matter how hard Congress works, we will not allow Ajmal to become Assam’s identity. If the Ajmal government is installed, can infiltration be thwarted?” the Union Home Minister asked the crowd. He read out from the election manifesto to reaffirm the BJP’s decision to bring in laws against ‘love jihad’ and ‘land jihad’, which refers to the encroachment on land belonging to a network of satras (Vaishnavite monasteries) and wildlife preserves by alleged illegal immigrants

 

Sources:

https://www.thehindu.com/elections/assam-assembly/will-bring-law-against-love-jihad-land-jihad-amit-shah/article34171047.ece 

https://indianexpress.com/elections/amit-shah-love-land-jihad-elections-7246974/ 

 

Documentary released to show Muslims as villains in 2020 Delhi violence

Date: 26 March 2021

Category: Hate speech

A documentary, shot by Kamlesh K Mishra and produced by Naveen Bansal, documents the testimonies of Hindus of northeast Delhi on the communal conflagration last year that killed 53 people. Though Muslims are the documentary’s primary targets, the disclaimer adds that it has “no intention to hurt, malign or defame any individual, community, religion or other such group/identities.” The film, hosted on Voot, a OTT platform owned by Viacom 18, was screened at M2K cinema in Delhi’s Rohini on 23 March, with chief guests Kapil Mishra, the Bharatiya Janata Party leader accused of inciting the violence, and Adesh Gupta, the president of BJP in Delhi. It paints those who participated in the protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act and the National Register of Citizens as “anti-Hindu” and “anti-India”. The filmmakers interviewed 60 people for the documentary, and only four are Muslims. There are 35 riot victims in it, of which two are Muslims, with a combined screentime of less than a minute. According to the Delhi police, of the 53 dead, 40 were Muslims.

 

Sources:

https://www.newslaundry.com/2021/03/26/delhi-carnage-documentary-claims-to-show-the-real-picture-spoiler-alert-it-doesnt 

 

Mosque authorities forced to remove part of mosque to avoid communal ire

Date: 27 March 2021

Category: Hate violence

Raza Jama Masjid and Sanatan Dharam Mandir have coexisted about 25 feet apart from each other, on opposite sides of the road in Delhi’s Uttam Nagar area for almost 35 years, when the mosque was built in the late 1980s. As political leaders oversee polarisation across the country, this mood of peaceful coexistence has been replaced by a muscular assertion of religious identity. In 2008, a case was registered against the mosque over a property dispute with the temple, which was later settled in the Moti Nagar court. “The court had said that both the temple and the mosque must remain as they are,” the mosque’s secretary Mohammad Moti told The Wire. But this year, tensions rose again. According to Moti, when the mother of a regular Mosque attendee died, he came to the mosque with an idea. “The ablution area is old. I want to get it renovated in the name of my mother, who will get the benefit for this in heaven,” he said. The mosque authorities agreed. And so the work started. A new pipe, fresh paint and shiny silver taps – by the second week of February, most of the work in the ablution area was done. The tiles were yet to be placed when the temple authorities called the police and said that the mosque was not following the 2008 court order. “They said that the court had ordered that the temple, as well as the mosque, will remain as they are. Our new ablution area was taking more space than before, they said,” Moti told The Wire. A spat ensued among both parties and finally, police from the nearby Uttam Nagar station were called. “The police told us that they have seen how even cows drink water from the taps in our ablution area. They said that if the temple authorities are objecting to a few inches of the area, why don’t we just remove it? And so, we agreed and got it done,” Moti said.  But it did not end there. The next month, in March, the temple authorities, according to Moti, again objected to the ablution area. “At this point, the area had already been reduced, all the work was done and even the tiles were installed,” Moti told The Wire. The temple authorities said that the mosque’s area is slowly being increased and it is occupying the road as well as the nearby park. “They (Muslims) are trying to create their domination in this country slowly,” one local Hindu told The Wire. They also accused Muslim men of harassing Hindu women in the temple and pelting stones at the temple. They also object to the azaan (call to prayer). However, the local police have not confirmed any of these allegations.

 

Sources:

https://thewire.in/rights/uttam-nagar-raza-jama-masjid-sanatan-dharam-mandir-tensions-polarisation 

 

UP Minister says practice of wearing burqa is ‘inhumane’, suggests a ban in India

Date: 28 March 2021

Category: Hate speech

Uttar Pradesh Minister of State (MoS) for Parliamentary Affairs Anand Swarup Shukla said that after triple talaq, he opines that it is time to put a ban on the inhumane practice of burqa in India. The minister added that many Muslim countries have imposed a ban on burqa and it is time for India to do the same. Anand Swarup Shukla said that practices like triple talaq and burqa encourages Wahabi culture in India. After his statement created an uproar, he issued a clarification that women should have the freedom to wear clothes of their choice. Shukla said that nothing should be imposed in the name of conservatism and tradition. Talking of bringing about reform, he said society should be given an opportunity to advance. 

 

Sources:

https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/burqa-an-evil-custom-uttar-pradesh-minister-anand-swaroop-shuklas-remark-triggers-row-2399048 

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/varanasi/burqa-should-be-banned-in-the-country-up-minister-anand-swaroop-shukla/articleshow/81686653.cms 

 

Tweet  on ‘Education Jihad’ From Impostor Ranjan Gogoi Handle Revived

Date: 28 March 2021

Category: Hate speech

A screenshot of a tweet from a handle impersonating former chief justice of India Ranjan Gogoi went viral on social media. The tweet, dated 26 March 2020, suggests about a possible 'education jihad' going on in the country for years. Fact-checking website BOOM found that the Twitter handle @RanjanGogoii does not exist anymore. They also reached out to justice Gogoi who told them that he was not present on the platform.

 

Sources:

 

https://www.boomlive.in/fact-check/screenshot-of-ranjan-gogoi-tweet-on-jamia-professor-abrar-ahmad-viral-caa-fact-check-12538

 

BJP leader warns of ‘Islamization’ of the world

Date: 29 March 2021

Category: Hate speech

Ahead of the Assembly elections in Kerala, BJP candidate and senior leader B Gopalakrishnan alleged that an extensive “Islamization” of societies was happening across the world, and Islam was growing at the cost of the rights of Christian and Hindu communities. In Kerala, Muslims were receiving much more representation than their Christian counterparts.  The Christians have to realize that BJP is the only party speaking for their rights. He added that the Muslim League was leading both the Congress and CPI(M) in the state, and they would not do anything to “upset” the Muslims and alleged that Christians were receiving just 20% of minority welfare benefits, while Muslims took the rest. He also “warned” voters that Muslims were going to become the majority community in the country in the future. Gopalakrishnan made these statements during a visit to the Ollur church in his constituency. 

 

Sources:

https://www.madhyamam.com/elections/assembly-elections/kerala/ollur/islamization-is-taking-place-all-over-the-world-they-are-robbing-hindus-and-christians-of-their-rights-in-kerala-and-growing-up-780974?utm_campaign=pubshare&utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=105777439461526&utm_content=auto-link&utm_id=62&fbclid=IwAR3HjURLaGov9Zu5F9U7PNU1mcNu3Xa8ACx0qHj5aK7ocaxst-U8e3kl_e8 

https://suprabhaatham.com/b-gopalakrishnan-statement-against-muslim-in-kerala-latest-news/

 

Woman accused of ‘love jihad’, investigation reveals man had tricked and raped her

Date: 26 March 2021

Category: Hate violence

The Mangaluru South Police arrested Gangadhar, an onion trader, on the charge of sexual assault, after a 22-year-old Muslim woman accused him of raping her. The police had been investigating the case after the man’s Hindu wife complained that he had been abducted by the Muslim woman. Right wing organization Vishwa Hindu Parishad had then amplified the incident as a case of ‘love jihad’. However, investigation revealed that Gangadhar had in fact tricked the Muslim woman, who was a widow, by posing as a Muslim man and had later raped and impregnated her. He later married her.  A case was registered against him under Section 376 of IPC.

 

Sources:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Mangalore/abduction-case-takes-a-new-turn-with-man-held-for-sexual-assault/article34164995.ece 

https://sabrangindia.in/article/love-jihad-bogey-derailed-mangaluru?fbclid=IwAR3PMSONYMQ-06x7E6wTfUh6hew0HwRHZWNuNeoyj4psJbiHC7JU4EgxpmY 

 

'Muslims in top echelons of country can't be pro-India': Priest 

Date: 24 March 2021

Category: Hate speech

 The priest of a Ghaziabad temple, where a Muslim boy was thrashed for drinking water on its premises, targeted former president APJ Abdul Kalam over his religion, calling him a "jihadi". "Any Muslim in the top echelons of the country cannot be pro-India and Kalam was a jihadi," Dasna Devi Temple's Yati Narsinghanad Saraswati told reporters in Aligarh. Levelling allegations without substance, he accused late Kalam of supplying the formula of the "atom bomb to Pakistan as DRDO chief". "Kalam had formed a cell in the Rashtrapati Bhawan where any Muslim could file his grievance," the priest claimed.

 

Sources:

https://www.newindianexpress.com/nation/2021/mar/24/muslims-in-top-echelons-of-country-cant-be-pro-india-priest-targetsabdul-kalam-2280653.html 

https://www.theweek.in/news/india/2021/03/25/abdul-kalam-was-jihadi-supplied-atom-bomb-to-pakistan-priest-of-temple-where-muslim-boy-was-thrashed.html 

 

Gym workout video from Trinidad and Tobago viral with ‘love jihad’ spin

Date: 24 March 2021

Category: Hate speech

An explicit video that shows a fitness instructor touching a woman inappropriately in a public gym is being shared with a ‘love Jihad’ spin. “This gym is owned by ‘jihadi’ Bilal Ahmed Khan. He is running a full-fledged agenda in the name of a gym to trap young women from Hindu families. There is no Hindu who shouldn’t know what this ‘jihadi’ is up to,” reads the claim shared by Twitter user ‘ब्रांड रुद्रा @brand_rudra’. It was shared with a similar message by @UttamIND_. Right-wing propaganda website Kreately wrote an elaborate story on the video – how Muslim men take classes on fitness training and become instructors at cheap prices to lure Hindu women. The article’s author Sampat Saraswat also claimed that he spoke to the man who runs the gym and was told that Muslim men learn from him then get part-time employment as fitness instructers to get close to Hindu women and girls. ‘Gym jihad’ is written in bold at the end of the article. Twitter user @VishwajiS had quote-tweeted the same video posted by Akash RSS (archived link) in November 2020. Alt News has documented multiple instances of misinformation promoted by Akash RSS in the past. “Hindus are happy that his wife, daughter and daughter-in-law visit the gym. But peacefuls (a derogatory term used for Muslims) gradually trap them in love jihad by behaving inappropriately and touching their bodies. They cause a rift in married lives and destroy Hindu families. Beware, wake up Hindus!” read the tweet by @VishwajiS. A Twitter user had commented last year that the video was shot in Trinidad and Tobago. “Two professional trainers Imran and Reshma” made the clip, he wrote. Imran has a Facebook page where they keep uploading workout videos. The viral video was uploaded on June 22, 2017. Speaking with Alt News Imran confirmed, “The woman in the video is my wife and we are from the same faith.”

 

Sources:

https://www.altnews.in/explicit-video-of-a-gym-workout-viral-with-false-love-jihad-spin/?utm_source=website&utm_medium=social-media&utm_campaign=repost 

https://www.thequint.com/news/webqoof/old-video-of-husband-wife-working-out-at-gym-given-love-jihad-spin 


 

Muslim cook accused of spitting on roti to be charged under NSA

Date: 19 March 2021

Category: Discrimination

A Muslim man named Suhail, who was arrested after a video of him spitting on the rotis he was preparing for a wedding feast was relayed to the police, was charged under the National Security Act. Suhail had been arrested after protests by right wing organizations such as Hindu Jagran Manch. He was also attacked as the hearing on the case was proceeding. According to the district administration, the NSA was imposed to prevent the accused from receiving bail, which might invite further attacks on him.

 

Sources:

https://www.thejasnews.com/latestnews/the-national-security-act-also-imposed-a-person-who-spat-on-bread-while-cooking-164777 

https://www.mathrubhumi.com/news/india/nsa-against-man-who-spit-on-rotis-while-cooking-at-wedding-in-up-s-meerut-1.5527715 

 

Old video of woman counselling couple goes viral with false ‘love jihad’ spin

Date: 21 December 2020

Category: Hate speech

A video was shared on social media with the claim that it shows an incident of ‘love jihad’. The clip shows a woman shouting at a man. Facebook user ‘Hindu Tappu’ posted this clip and wrote, “A salute to this woman for perfectly explaining the real meaning of love jihad. Their aim is to increase their population through this. Hindu girls, beware.” The woman sitting on the chair and shouting at others is Shabnam Sheikh. She is trying to mediate a quarrel between a married couple. According to the clip, the husband and wife’s names are Fatima and Imran, which establishes that they belong to the same religion. The cropped portion used for the viral video appears towards the end of the longer clip. Shabnam also uploaded the video on YouTube.

 

Sources:

https://www.altnews.in/two-year-old-video-of-marital-dispute-mediation-shared-with-false-love-jihad-claim/ 

https://hindi.boomlive.in/fake-news/two-year-old-video-of-alleged-marriage-counselling-viral-with-love-jihad-twist-11168?infinitescroll=1 


 

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