Court orders probe against actor derogatory tweets on Muslim women

Date: 6 April 2021

Category: HAte speech

A Mumbai court ordered a police inquiry against Bollywood actor Payal Rohatgi for her derogatory tweets on student-activist Safoora Zargar, when the latter was under detention last year. A Metropolitan Magistrate Court in Mumbai’s Andheri suburb noted that the actor’s tweets prima facie suggested a disregard for Muslim women and community. A series of tweets were posted by Rohatgi in June 2020, which were abusive and derogatory towards Muslim women. The tweets particularly targeted Zargar, a 30-year-old pregnant student-activist who was in custody at the time for her alleged connection to the Delhi riots. She had been booked under the stringent Unlawful Prevention Activities Act and spent over two months in jail before being released on 23 June. In one such tweet, Rohatgi had said there was no concept of condoms among Muslims and the women “produce kids like a dozen”. In other tweets, she talked about female genital mutilation and also commented on the Quran.

 

Sources:

https://theprint.in/india/mumbai-court-orders-probe-against-actor-payal-rohatgi-for-derogatory-tweets-on-muslim-women/635137/?fbclid=IwAR2sGQxuF3LOwIK4_OQgtHZ0Hfb311ihNxb3pTx4r6DD-yy79nb8-m5peGI 

https://www.livelaw.in/top-stories/payal-rohatgi-andheri-court-court-payal-rohatgi-safoora-zargar-muslim-women-right-to-religion-172182 

 

Delhi Riots: Court Raps Police For 'Callous Attitude' in Madina Masjid Burning Probe

Date: 7 April 2021

Category: Discrimination

The judge of a Delhi court on April 7 took a dim view of the Delhi Police’s laxity in investigating the burning of a mosque during the February 2020 riots in northeast Delhi. On March 26, Additional Sessions Judge Vinod Yadav had expressed  dissatisfaction with Delhi Police for not having maintained files in connection with the probe into the desecration of the Madina Masjid. On February 25, two LPG cylinders were allegedly set on fire on the mosque’s premises and a saffron flag planted on it. The case diaries have not been maintained as per Section 172 (diary of proceedings in investigation) of Criminal Code of Procedure (CrPC), judge had held. The court slammed the “callous attitude of the police in investigation.” The Delhi Police’s partisan approach to the investigation into the riots, which has resulted in the arrest and imprisonment of several young scholars, many of them Muslim, has drawn criticism from several quarters. When asked by the judge as to what he had found in the course of his investigation, Sub-Inspector Suman, to whom the Station House Officer had handed over the case, reportedly said that he had COVID-19 “at the time.” The judge, not satisfied with the answer, asked him if he wrote the daily diary entries, who he interrogated and finally, if his “tongue had vanished”. “I did not do anything,” the policeman told the court, according to Indian Express. The judge then highlighted that the complainant, Haji Hashim Ali, has been in jail all this time and asked if he should write to the Police Commissioner, mentioning that in riots cases where “an accused has been named, our officers have thought that investigation was not necessary?” SI Suman said, “Sorry, sir”.

 

Sources:

https://thewire.in/law/delhi-riots-court-raps-police-for-callous-attitude-in-madina-masjid-burning-probe 

https://indianexpress.com/article/cities/delhi/mosque-fire-court-pulls-up-police-over-hasty-probe-7263444/ 

 

Hindutva leader calls Islam ‘filthy’ in press conference

Date: 4 April 2021

Category: Hate speech

The Delhi Police registered a first information report against the head priest of a temple in Ghaziabad for allegedly hurting religious sentiments by making derogatory remarks about Prophet Mohammed and Islam at the Press Club of India. Yati Narsinghanand Saraswati of the Dasna Devi temple was booked under Indian Penal Code Sections 153-A (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, residence, language etc) and 295-A (deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs). The religious leader was speaking at a press conference organised by Hindutva outfit Akhil Bharatiya Sant Parishad (Ghaziabad) at the Press Club of India in Delhi. Saraswati was the chief guest of the event, according to The Print. “If Muslims come to know about Mohammed’s reality, each and every one of them will be ashamed to call themselves Muslims,” Saraswati, dressed in saffron robes, can be seen telling an audience. He made several other derogatory remarks about the founder of Islam. One of the panelists can be seen nodding in agreement with Saraswati’s views in the video. The priest goes on to say that it was because of the poor leadership of previous leaders that something as “filthy as Islam” was allowed to be practiced alongside Hinduism in the country.

 

Sources:

https://scroll.in/latest/991347/delhi-police-file-fir-against-head-priest-of-ghaziabad-temple-for-comments-against-prophet-islam 

https://theprint.in/india/dasna-temple-priests-inflammatory-comments-on-the-prophet-go-viral-delhi-police-file-fir/633724/ 

 

Suspected As Thief, Muslim Man Beaten to Death in Uttar Pradesh Village

Date: 6 April 2021

Category: Hate violence

A man identified as Anis from Kakori area in Lucknow was beaten to death in a village in Unnao on the suspicion of being a thief on April 3. Circle Officer Bangarmau, Anjani Kumar Singh, said that the incident took place late at night and a case of culpable homicide, not amounting to murder, has been registered against five persons. The deceased was said to be aimlessly roaming in the area when the local residents suspected him to be a thief and beat him up severely, according to reports. The police reportedly rushed to the spot after being alerted that an unidentified man, having multiple injuries, lying in the Behta Mujawar village. Police took the injured man to Bangarmau community health centre, where doctors declared him dead. The police, thereafter, sent the body for post mortem. Investigations are on to find out why the victim had gone to the area.

 

Sources:

https://clarionindia.net/suspected-as-thief-muslim-man-beaten-to-death-in-uttar-pradesh-village/?fbclid=IwAR1saBrcDaGgXruYBkuLTxVx_mLUQHUve9luk_nule1SsPrlrzCpzaxQhzM 

https://thecognate.com/locals-mercilessly-beat-muslim-man-to-death-in-uttar-pradesh-village/ 

 

Bengal will become mini Pakistan if Mamata Banerjee voted to power: Suvendu Adhikari

Date: 8 April 2021

Category: 29 March 2021

Category: Hate speech

 Accusing West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee of indulging in minority appeasement, BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari on March 29 urged people to not vote for TMC in order to prevent the state from becoming a mini Pakistan. He hit out at the TMC supremo saying that she has got used to wishing Eid Mubarak and therefore she wished “Holi Mubarak” to people. "Don’t give vote to Begum (Banerjee). If you vote for Begum, this will become mini Pakistan. Begum knows no one except Sufiyan," he added.

 

Sources:

https://zeenews.india.com/india/west-bengal-will-become-mini-pakistan-if-mamata-banerjee-voted-to-power-suvendu-adhikari-2351407.html

https://www.aninews.in/news/national/general-news/suvendu-accuses-mamata-of-minority-appeasement-alleges-begum-would-turn-bengal-into-mini-pakistan20210329145126/ 

 

NSA found to be unlawfully invoked against Muslims in UP

Date: 7 April 2021

Category: Discrimination

The Allahabad high court struck down orders and directed the release of detainees in nearly 80% of cases related to cow slaughter and communal incidents in which the Uttar Pradesh government had invoked the draconian National Security Act (NSA) over the last three years. According to an investigation by the Indian Express, between January 2018 and December 2020, in cases related to communal incidents, the court struck down all 20 NSA detention orders it had adjudicated on habeas corpus petitions. Of the 120 cases that reached the high court in the said period, as many as 41 cases (one-third) were related to cow slaughter where the NSA was invoked. All the accused in the cow slaughter cases were found to be Muslims. The draconian NSA gives the state powers to arrest someone without formal charge or trial.

 

Sources:

https://thewire.in/law/allahabad-high-court-national-security-act-uttar-pradesh 

https://indianexpress.com/article/express-exclusive/uttar-pradesh-allahabad-high-court-nsa-cow-slaughter-cases-communal-incidents-7261875/ 

 

Man claims Sai Baba is Muslim, dislodge his idol from temple

Date: 7 April 2021

Category: Hate violence

Several videos emerged online showing a group of men demolishing an idol of Sai Baba and declaring him a "Muslim". Sai Baba, a 19th-century spiritual teacher from Maharashtra, notably opposed persecution based on religion and caste and kept his religion intentionally ambiguous. He is worshipped by both Hindus and Muslims. According to a police report, the idol was removed on 25 March from the Purana Shiv temple in the neighbourhood of Shahpur Jat. It has since been replaced by a statue of the Hindu deity Ganesh. A wall sticker with the saint’s popular preaching "sabka malik ek" or "everyone’s Lord is one" has also been taken down. Padam Panwar, who was alleged to be responsible for the act, was arrested on Monday, 5 April, by the Delhi Police following complaints from Sai Baba devotees.

 

Sources:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/jihadi-statue-removed-from-delhi-temple 

https://www.thequint.com/news/india/delhi-police-arrest-man-who-demolished-sai-baba-idol-from-temple 

https://indianexpress.com/article/cities/delhi/fir-filed-over-removal-of-sai-baba-idol-from-south-delhi-temple7261520/ 



 

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