‘Love jihad’ is real, Muslims want to make India Islamic Nation by 2030, says Kerala MLA

Date: 12 April 2021

Category: Hate speech

PC George, Kerala MLA from the Poonjar constituency and a candidate in this year’s Legislative Assembly elections, stated that ‘love jihad’ was real and that “Muslims plan to make India an Islamic country”. PC George has also allegedly claimed that Muslims have been encroaching into Christian nations and making them Islamic nations. Speaking at a function organised by HRDS India, an NGO for tribal welfare, at Thodupuzha in Kerala's Idukki, PC George said India must be declared a "Hindu Rashtra [Hindu nation]" as Muslims plan to make India an Islamic country by 2030. PC George allegedly claimed that the plan to make India an Islamic country was delayed due to demonetisation. He repeated the claims about love jihad the same week in Erattupetta. “There is love jihad at Erattupetta and 47 girls from the region, including 12 Hindu girls, have so far fallen victim to the practice,” he alleged. 







Former Shia Waqf Board chairman moves court for removal of verses from Quran

Date: 12 April 2021

Category: Hate speech

Former UP Waqf Board chairman Waseem Rizvi filed a petition in the Supreme Court seeking removal of 26 verses of the Quran which he claimed promoted terrorism. In his plea, Rizvi stated that Islam is based on the concepts of equity, equality, forgiveness and tolerance but due to extreme interpretations of the said verses of the holy book, the religion has been drifting away from the basic tenets. The plea of Rizvi drew massive backlash with several Muslim outfits and Islamic clerics protesting against the former chairman of the Waqf Board. An FIR was registered in Bareilly against Rizvi for allegedly hurting religious sentiments of Muslims with his petition in the top court. The Supreme Court on April 12 termed the petition as "absolutely frivolous" and dismissed it with a cost of Rs 50,000. On July 5, 2021, the Supreme Court dismissed a plea seeking to waive the Rs 50,000 cost imposed on petition filed by Syed Waseem Rizvi as withdrawn.








Madrasas promoting ISIS ideology in India, ban them: Shia Waqf Board chief

Date: 22 January 2019

Category: Hate speech

In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, UP Shia Central Waqf Board Chairman Waseem Rizvi demanded shutting down of primary-level madarsas across the country in order to check terror group ISIS' influence on Muslim children. Rizvi, who has supported the demand for Ram temple in Ayodhya and uniform civil code, said Muslim children, if they want, can take admission in madarsas after completing high school. "It can be seen that children are soft targets for running any mission and at this point of time ISIS is a dangerous terror organisation which is gradually getting hold over the Muslim population across the world. "...if madrasas are not shut down, about half of the country's population will become supporters of the ISIS ideology in 15 years' time," Rizvi said in the letter.






Cleric attacked for refusing to say ‘Jai Shri Ram’

Date: 15 April 2021

Category: Hate violence

A 54-year-old mosque cleric was allegedly assaulted by three men for not chanting ‘Jai Sri Ram’ in Hooghly, West Bengal.  The monajjem of Chawkbazar masjid, Mohammed  Sufiuddin, was on his way to conduct the morning Ramzan prayers when three people on a bike intercepted him and asked him to chant ‘Jaii Sri Ram’. When he refused, they allegedly slapped him and shoved him down the road and drove away.





Delhi man defiles Hanuman idols, news anchor adds false Muslim angle

Date: 14 April 2021

Category: Hate speech

Sudarshan TV tweeted a video claiming that three temples were vandalised in Dwarka, Delhi. “Another temple was gripped by hate,” read its tweet. The channel uploaded a second video where the reporter is showing the state of the temples and asking locals what went down. Sudarshan News editor-in-chief Suresh Chavhanke tweeted the same ground report and blamed ‘jihadis’ for the vandalism. The incident drew protests by Vishva Hindu Parishad members in the West Delhi area. VHP national spokesperson Vinod Bansal had tweeted a protest video. DCP/Dwarka, Delhi replied to Sudarshan News that the accused Mahesh was arrested from the same locality and the incident does not have a communal angle. “He was aggrieved by God due to inadequate rainfall,” said the police.






Sudarshan News falsely claims mosque issued decree against UP Police

Date: 25 July 2018

Category: Hate speech

‘Everything we were afraid of has started. #up A decree came from a #mosque – cut them @uppolice into pieces’ tweeted Suresh Chavhanke, the editor-in-chief of Sudarshan News Channel in Hindi, with an article titled exactly the same, which claims that a decree against the UP Police has been passed by a mosque in Uttar Pradesh. On May 6, 2018, a body of a youth named Shakib was recovered from a drain near Nehru road. On the basis of the post-mortem report, police concluded that he had died due to drowning. Anis, Shakib’s father was dissatisfied with the police investigation and on July 20, 2018, he had reportedly threatened the Circle Officer with ‘chopping him to pieces’ if justice is not served. On the basis of this incident, an inflammatory article published by Sudarshan News linked to the tweet stated- “In Uttar Pradesh’s Baghpat district, an open decree was passed by a panchayat of Muslims inside a mosque for murder of brave policemen of Uttar Pradesh. Seeing the speeches of fanatics present there, it seemed as if it was a meeting of Talibanis and not Yogiraj and some dreadful terrorist was presiding over it.”