Gujjar family attacked in Jammu

Date: 22 March 2021

Category: hate violence

The Jammu police took cognisance of an alleged attack on a nomadic Gujjar family and “attempt to outrage the modesty” of a woman in Samba. The family, including the parents, a daughter, and a son, were returning home from the pastures of Samba when they were stopped by three unknown people who allegedly molested the daughter and used racial slurs against her. After the intervention of her father and brother, they tried to abduct her. “We cried for help. Saima (name changed) somehow managed to free herself from them. They got angry and tried to beat us. One of the persons called up someone on phone and within no time around 50 people came in cars with wooden rods in their hand. Saima was hiding behind her mother when the people came and started beating my father. They were repeatedly saying Ye Kashmir nahi hai, niklo yahan se (This is not Kashmir, leave this place),” recounted 19-year-old Dilawar Khatana, Saima’s brother. Rafakat Khatana, Saima’s father was allegedly beaten black and blue and left lifeless on the road.

 

Sources:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/jammu-police-to-probe-attack-on-gujjar-family/article34126570.ece 

https://freepresskashmir.news/2021/03/22/ye-kashmir-nahi-hai-niklo-yaha-se-assailants-molest-tribal-woman-in-samba-attack-her-family-for-resisting/

 

Education officer calls bearded Muslim teacher 'biggest militant' in Poonch

Date: 3 April 2021

Category: Hate speech

A Zonal Education Planning Officer (ZEPO) in Surankote sub-division of Jammu’s Poonch district purportedly called a bearded Muslim teacher the “biggest militant” and allegedly disrespected the mosque in the vicinity of the school on her visit to the institution. Sub-District Magistrate Surankote has sought an explanation from the officer for her unwarranted behavior, news agency GNS reported. In a video that was widely shared on the internet, the ZEPO, identified by GNS as Kamlesh Kumari, can be seen calling the teacher, identified by the Imam of the local mosque as Ashiq Hussain, as the “biggest militant” on her purported visit to the school. The alleged incident took place at Yaseen Public School, Dundhak Khanikhodi on April 1. “This man is the biggest militant. Just look at his face…,” Kumari is seen yelling in the video. Farooq Ahmad Misbahi, the local imam while addressing the media after the incident, alleged that besides calling Farooq a militant, Kumari had disrespected the Madrassa and two mosques in the vicinity of the school by barging inside wearing shoes.

 

Sources:

https://www.greaterkashmir.com/news/jammu/zepo-purportedly-calls-bearded-muslim-teacher-biggest-militant-in-poonch-explanation-sought/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dy6bBRRUMXQ 

 

Actor claims matchmaker refused her because of her religion

Date: 29 March 2021

Category: Discrimination

Television actress Nausheen Ali Sardar, popularly known for her role in 'Kkusum', has revealed that Sima Taparia of ' Indian Matchmaking' fame refused to find her a match because she's Muslim. In a recent interview, Nausheen said that she was 'blatantly' told by Taparia that she doesn't cater to Muslims or Catholics. "My family was insisting on getting me enrolled on a matrimonial site since the lockdown was going on, and I wasn’t even going on dates or anything as such. So they thought of approaching Sima Aunty, the famous marriage maker from the show Indian Matchmaking. We were in for a shock when she blatantly told us on our face that she did not cater to Muslims or Catholics," she told Pinkvilla. In the same interview, Nausheen Ali Sardar shared that this wasn't the first time she had to face discrimination on the basis of her religion. Earlier, Nausheen was rejected by housing societies because 'they do not give houses or flats in their building to Muslims.'

 

Sources:

https://indianexpress.com/article/lifestyle/life-style/actor-nausheen-ali-sardar-says-sima-taparia-refused-to-find-her-a-match-muslim-7250153/

https://www.samaa.tv/lifeandstyle/2021/04/matchmaker-sima-taparia-refused-muslim-actor-for-rishta-hunt/ 

 

BJP workers disrupt shooting of movie with interfaith couple

Date: 10 April 2021

Category: Hate violence

Members of BJP arrived at the shooting location of a Malayalam movie in Palakkad and forced the crew to stop, claiming that an interfaith love scene between a Hindu and a Muslim was being shot on temple premises without authorization. The movie, titled ‘Neeyam Nadhi’, is being directed by Meenakshi Lakshman. The movie crew had apparently received permission from the temple authorities to shoot. However, the gang arrived and asked for the storyline of the movie. On learning that the story included interfaith romance, the goons threatened the crew and asked them to stop shooting. The crew also alleged that the group destroyed movie props.

 

Sources:

https://www.mathrubhumi.com/news/kerala/bjp-workers-disrupt-film-shooting-at-palakkad-1.5583275 

https://www.thejasnews.com/sublead/film-shooting-was-stopped-by-sangh-parivar-activists-166990 

 

Muslim Man’s Library Set Ablaze by Miscreants in Karnataka

Date: 12 April 2021

Category: Hate violence

A public library with a collection of 11,000 books, including three thousand copies of Bhagavad Gita, was allegedly set on fire by miscreants in Mysuru on Friday, 9 April, reported The New Indian Express. The library was run by a 62-year-old daily wage labourer Syed Isaaq. His initiative made him popular in the city's Rajiv Nagar and Shanti Nagar, as he had been providing free access to all the residents in the vicinity for the last 10 years. According to Syed, miscreants had earlier caused trouble to his library. He said that he was informed about the fire in the library at 4 am by someone residing near the library.

 

Sources:

https://www.thequint.com/news/hot-news/muslim-mans-library-set-ablaze-by-miscreants-in-karnataka#read-more#read-more 

https://www.thenewsminute.com/article/library-11000-books-burnt-down-mysuru-librarian-vows-rebuild-it-146906 

 

After temple entry ban, Dasna Muslims now suffer social apartheid

Date: 10 April 2021

Category: Social boycott

 

After the story of a young Muslim boy being beaten up for drinking water from a temple in Dasna in Uttar Pradesh garnered nationwide attention, Muslims in the area complain that the atmosphere in the village had turned communal. A social apartheid is also under way, with many food and vegetable carts sporting a saffron flag to announce their religion; the Muslim food carts have no such flag. Pinki Choudhary, who runs an outfit called Hindu Raksha Bal in the area said: “We cannot expect cooperation with Muslims. There can be no communal harmony with them. Muslims can never respect the Hindu faith. We have not taken any initiative to hold a meeting with local Muslims. Why should we? We are powerful. We plan to increase the size of our private Hindu Sena. The Hindus will have to be powerful. Even Narendra Modi will support us only when we are powerful.” Jaan Mohammed, who used to sleep in the open earlier, now sleeps in the courtyard, guarding the women inside. On whether they had approached the police, he said: “What for? Doesn’t the police know what is happening at the temple? It is all so sad. There were times earlier when our buzurg (elders) helped in temple construction. Today, they have divided water too on the lines of religion. We had heard of Hindu paani, Musalmani paani in the Partition days. It gives the same sick feeling.”

 

Sources:

https://frontline.thehindu.com/the-nation/communalism/dasna-muslims-face-social-apartheid-after-temple-entry-ban-muslim-boy-asim-assaulted-for-drinking-water-from-temple-in-dasna-near-ghaziabad-uttar-pradesh/article34232550.ece 

 

After assault on Muslim boy, more temples put up ‘no Muslim’ boards

Date: 21 March 2021

Category: Hate speech

After the story of a Muslim boy being beaten up by a man for drinking water from a temple in Ghaziabad went viral, Hindutva organisations like the Hindu Yuva Vahini – founded by Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath – have taken to placing placards, banners and boards outside various shrines and temples in UP and Uttarakhand declaring that the entry of non-Hindus – or more specifically Muslims – is prohibited. At the Dasna temple the earlier sign has been replaced with a larger poster. Former Delhi legislator and Congress leader Alka Lamba tweeted a video of threats by right-wing extremists after she went to meet the 12-year-old Muslim boy. Lamba, who met the boy and his mother, later lodged a police complaint. On March 19, several Hindu groups also held demonstrations in the area where slogans were raised against Muslims. The call was backed by Sudarshan TV, which called on its viewers to assemble at the Dasna Devi temple “to save the temple from jihadis”. There are reports of another demonstration held there on March 21, despite the imposition of Section 144, prohibiting the assembly of more than four people. Sponsored by the  ‘Jai Shri Ram Sena Sangathan’ and erected up by the order of Yati Narsinghanand Saraswati, it reads: “This is a holy shrine of the Hindus. Entry of Muslims is prohibited.”

 

Sources:

https://thewire.in/communalism/following-assault-on-muslim-boy-outside-up-temple-hindutva-groups-harden-communal-rhetoric 

https://frontline.thehindu.com/the-nation/communalism/dasna-muslims-face-social-apartheid-after-temple-entry-ban-muslim-boy-asim-assaulted-for-drinking-water-from-temple-in-dasna-near-ghaziabad-uttar-pradesh/article34232550.ece   

 

Media houses continue to use Muslim images in Covid-related news

Date: 10 April 2021

Category: Hate speech

A year into the COVID-19 pandemic, the Indian media continued to demonise Muslims by using pictures of men with skull caps and women wearing burqas to represent the spread of the coronavirus. The Times of India published a news report on Apr 9, 2021, titled ‘7,955 new Covid-19 cases in Karnataka, 46 deaths‘, and used an image of a Muslim man getting vaccinated to represent the story. In a similar instance, TV9 Kannada in a report published on Apr 9, 2021, titled ‘DEBATE: Karnataka Imposes ‘Night Curfew’ In Bengaluru, 7 Other Cities From Saturday – Part 7/9′, used an image of a Muslim woman getting vaccinated as their YouTube thumbnail to represent the story. In March last year, at the height of nationwide lockdown, The Hindu newspaper had published a disturbing cartoon, showing the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) dressed in Muslim attire and terrorising the world. It was called out for equating the deadly virus with caricatures of Muslims and normalising anti-Muslim hatred in the country. The paper later deleted the cartoon after tendering an apology. In June last year, Hindustan Times used the picture of Delhi’s Jama Masjid as a representational image in its report on COVID-19 dated June 12. The paper then deleted the image from its website without an apology after being slammed for maliciously spreading anti-Muslim hatred by deliberately associating the disease with the community. In the same month, The New Indian Express carried a news report of an increase in the number of COVID-19 related cases in Bengaluru along with an unrelated image of a Muslim man to represent the story. Later, when people on social media slammed it for linking a particular community for the spread of the virus the newspaper quietly deleted the picture without an apology. All India Radio (AIR) too called out for its blatant display of Islamophobia and false and malicious reporting after it tweeted a report on new COVID-19 cases in Jharkhand in June last year along with a picture of a mosque with skull cap wearing Muslims. The tweet, which is now deleted said ‘105 new patients detected in #Jharkhand, cases reach 1135,’ and accompanied a picture of a mosque, with no connection to either the coronavirus or the state of Jharkhand.

 

Sources:

https://thecognate.com/times-of-india-and-tv9-kannada-use-pictures-of-muslims-to-represent-spike-in-covid-19-cases-in-karnataka-continue-to-demonise-community/

 

The Hindu publishes Covid-related cartoon with Muslim terrorist image 

Date: 26 March 2020

Category: Hate speech

The Hindu newspaper on 26 March published a disturbing cartoon, showing the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) dressed in Muslim attire and terrorising the world. The cartoon by Deepak Harichandran, the paper’s National Design Editor shows the virus dressed in a Pathani suit, worn by Muslims in the Indian subcontinent, and pointing an AK 47 assault rifle at the earth. The newspaper was called out for equating the deadly virus with caricatures of Muslims and normalising anti-Muslim hatred. After it was reprimanded, the newspaper replaced the Pathani suit with a stick figure and expressed regret “for the hurt or unhappiness caused”. However, the paper did not issue an apology.

 

Sources:

https://www.thehindu.com/opinion/cartoon/cartoonscape-march-26-2020/article31167023.ece 

https://thecognate.com/the-hindu-publishes-cartoon-showing-coronavirus-in-muslim-attire-takes-it-down-after-backlash/ 

 

Fake news on Jama Masjid’s unpaid bills does rounds on social media

Date: 23 November 2020

Category: Hate speech

News channel Republic TV was among the several media outlets that aired/published an incorrect news item about an electricity bill of Rs 4 crore to be paid by the Jama Masjid that had been pending for several years. “Imam Bukhari has money to buy luxurious cars but can’t pay electricity bills,” asked Republic TV while reporting that electricity has been cut in Jama Masjid due to non-payment of bills. “Inside Jama Masjid is a complete blackout” stated the Republic reporter as the camera panned to the mosque. The crew then went outside Imam Bukhari’s residence counting the number of parked cars and informing the viewers about the models. The story of non-payment of electricity bills by Jama Masjid has come up every few months since 2012. It is often posted with communal comments. An Indian Express article from 2012 is sometimes quoted as the source of the news. In response to queries addressed to it, power company BSES clarified that it is an old issue that was resolved long back.

 

Sources:

https://www.altnews.in/jama-masjid-electricity-bills-non-payment-fake-news-starts-social-media-republic-tv-takes/ 

https://www.thequint.com/voices/opinion/no-electricity-jama-masjid-republic-tv-fake-news 

 

Delhi’s Lal Masjid faces demolition threat

Date: 10 April 2021

Category: Damage to property

On March 31, the SHO of Basti Nizamuddin Police Station visited the Lal Masjid in Delhi  and asked the imam to vacate it, as it was to be demolished and converted into a CRPF canteen, barracks for men and parking for CRPF vehicles. Shafiq told The Wire that this happened despite the fact that a land dispute in this regard was pending adjudication before the Delhi Waqf Tribunal. A petition was filed in the Delhi high court by Wajeeh Shafiq, standing counsel for the Delhi Waqf Board, requesting urgent consideration as a mosque was reportedly under the threat of illegal demolition. The plea challenged the demolition order of the ancient mosque, Lal Masjid, situated on Delhi’s Lodhi Road. The land in question has been occupied by the Lal Masjid and its graveyard “since time immemorial”, the petition said. The high court stayed the demolition and the matter will be taken up again at the end of April.

 

Sources:

https://thewire.in/religion/as-centre-takes-over-land-for-crpf-use-delhis-lal-masjid-faces-demolition-threatde 

https://www.hindustantimes.com/cities/delhi-news/will-not-demolish-lal-masjid-centre-informs-delhi-hc-101617820349575.html 

 

Kerala Lawyer Communalises Viral Dance Clip By Thrissur Med Students

Date: 9 April 2021

Category: Hate speech

The hashtag #DanceJihad was trending on Twitter on April 9, after a Kerala High Court lawyer gave a communal angle to a viral dance video by two students of Kerala's Thrissur Medical College. The hashtag was mostly shared by those coming in support of the students, Janaki M Omkumar and Naveen K Razak. The video was uploaded by Razak on Instagram - where the duo could be seen dancing off to Boney M's Rasputin. The song had recently gone viral around the world on video sharing app Tik Tok, with users dancing off to the hit 70's disco track. Weeks later, on April 8, Krishna Raj - an attorney at Kerala High Court, and a right-wing sympathiser - shared the screenshot from the video with a caption that cast suspicion on the fact that a Muslim boy was dancing with a Hindu girl. The post read, "Janaki and Naveen. The dance by two medical students in Thrissur Medical College is going viral. Janaki M Omkumar and Naveen K Razak are the two students. I smell something wrong here. Janaki's parents should be careful. And if they are careful, they won't have to be sorry later, as Nimisha's mother has proven. Let's pray for Janaki's father Omkumar and his wife."

 

Sources:

https://www.boomlive.in/fact-file/thrissur-medical-college-dance-video-boney-m-rasputin-krishna-raj-dance-jihad-12695

https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/decided-to-resist-kerala-students-rasputinchallenge-against-hate-2411176 

https://www.madhyamam.com/kerala/love-jihad-campaign-against-medical-college-students-complaint-lodged-with-dgp-783775?utm_campaign=pubshare&utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=105777439461526&utm_content=auto-link&utm_id=62 

 

Video of husband stabbing wife in Delhi shared with ‘love jihad’ spin

Date: 13 April 2021

Category: Hate speech

Two videos of the same incident,where a man is seen stabbing a woman in broad daylight, was circulated on social media, with some claiming that it was a result of ‘love jihad’. Twitter user @mahadevyatibaba shared one of these clips, writing, “Forget Kashmir, now Delhi itself is becoming like Kashmir. Women protesting love jihad will be killed openly with knives. Bystanders continue going about their business and nobody saves her. This fear will truly bring about the ruin of Hindus in the coming days.” Other users also circulated the visuals with this caption. The image was posted in the ‘We Support Pushpendra Kulshreshtha‘ Facebook group, which has more than 3.6 lakh members. On April 10, India Today reported that a man named Harish Mehta attacked and killed his wife using a knife in Delhi’s Rohini area. He suspected his wife of having an ‘illegitimate relationship’. The deceased Neelu Mehta used to work at Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi. Harish stabbed his wife in front of a number of bystanders, many of whom were recording footage instead of saving her. Social media users gave a communal spin to a recent murder caught on video by alleging the perpetrator was Muslim. 

 

Sources:

https://www.altnews.in/video-of-a-man-stabbing-wife-viral-with-love-jihad-claim-the-couple-belongs-to-hindu-community/?utm_source=website&utm_medium=social-media&utm_campaign=newpost 

https://www.boomlive.in/fact-check/fake-news-delhi-rohini-area-man-husband-stabs-wife-to-death-communal-angle-harish-mehta-nelu-metha-factcheck-12726 

 

Fake images add fire to communal tensions in Basirhat, Bengal

Date: 7 July 2017

Category: Hate speech

A Facebook post claiming that “peaceful people” (derogatory term for Muslims) were stripping Hindu women at Baduria in West Bengal was circulated widely, amid a backdrop of growing communal tensions in the area. The same claim was also shared on Instagram by Vijeta Malik, who according to her Facebook profile is a State Executive member of BJP Haryana. She shared the image with a message about Hindus being under attack in West Bengal. In reality, the image is a scene from a Bhojpuri movie titled “Aurat Khilona Nahin”, released in 2014. The image was taken from a blog post.

 

Sources:

https://www.altnews.in/vicious-cycle-fake-images-basirhat-riots/ 

https://scroll.in/latest/843182/west-bengal-one-arrested-for-sharing-fake-image-on-facebook-claiming-it-depicted-basirhat-violence 


 

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