Fake news claim Muslims entered temple to disrupt Aarti

Date: 3 April 2021

Category: Hate speech

Two videos surfaced on social media that show a heated confrontation between Muslim and Hindu communities at a place of worship. The videos show them arguing near two enshrined tombs. The Muslim group can be heard chanting “Allah Hu Akbar”. In one of the video chants of “Jai Shree Ram” are also heard. These clips were published by various news outlets to claim that Muslim men entered a temple and interrupted aarti. The videos capture a conflict between Hindu and Muslim communities on March 28 at a disputed place of worship – Haji Malang dargah – situated on Malanggad hilltop at Maharasthra’s Konkan administrative block. A section of the Hindu community refers to the place of worship as Machindranath Samadi or temple. While the Muslim community recognises the same as a dargah. A 1968 Supreme Court judgement recognizes the structure as a dargah. According to the son of chairman of the dargah trust, who was present on the night of March 28 when the conflict took place. “The Muslim community visits the dargah on a daily basis. Shab-e-Barat celebration had nothing to do with the conflict. That day the aarti extended well beyond the usual duration. When Muslim devotees approached the police personnel in charge to seek permission to perform rituals they were stopped. This aggravated the situation. That’s when Jai Shri Ram slogans were raised by a few Bajrang Dal members and in retaliation, some men chanted Allah Hu Akbar,” said Rizwan.





False video claims former UP Waqf Board Chairman was beaten up by Muslim mob

Date: 1 April 2021

Category: Hate speech

The former chairman of Uttar Pradesh Shia Waqf Board Wasim Rizvi recently filed a plea in the Supreme Court seeking removal of 26 verses from the Quran which according to him are “controversial” and “teach violence”. The move invited flak from Muslims of both Shia and Sunni communities. Hundreds of people gathered in front of Delhi’s Jama Masjid on March 19 to protest against Rizvi’s petition and termed him ‘anti-Muslim’. A week after this incident, a video was made viral on social media which shows a man being rescued by the police from a mob. The man’s clothes are torn and the police are taking him to a safe place in a half-naked state. Several people shared the video claiming that Rizvi was thrashed. However, the man in the video is Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) MLA from Abohar, Punjab Arun Narang who had been thrashed by farmers in Punjab protesting the Central government’s  new farm laws.






Gujarat Assembly passes bill to prevent 'love jihad' with majority

Date: 2 April 2021

Category: Discrimination

Gujarat Vidhan Sabha passed the 'Gujarat Freedom of Religion Act, 2021' with a majority. "Gujarat Freedom of Religion (Amendment) Bill, 2021 has been passed with a majority in Gujarat Vidhan Sabha," state Home Minister Pradipsinh Jadeja said. With the passing of the bill, Gujarat became the third state after Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh make a law against 'love jihad'. The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on February 4 this year clarified that the term 'love jihad' is not defined under the existing laws and no such case has been reported so far. No such case was reported by any of the central agencies yet.






Muslim man travelling with Hindu woman stabbed

Date: 4 April 2021

Category: Hate violence

Mangaluru police arrested four people, believed to be right-wing activists, who allegedly stabbed a 23-year-old Muslim man for travelling with a Hindu woman in a bus in coastal Karnataka’s Dakshina Kannada district. The suspects were identified as Balachandra (28), Dhanush Bhandary (25), Jayaprashanth (27) and Anil Kumar (38). Dhanush is already facing four cases of murder, said police. A senior police official familiar with the case said that the four men were associated with a right-wing organisation. The man - identified as Anwar Mohammed - and the 23-year-old woman, who knew each other from school, were travelling in an overnight bus from Mangaluru to Bengaluru when the group of men stopped the bus and attacked the two. While the man has been admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) of a private hospital in Mangaluru, the woman, whose identity was not released by the police, also suffered minor injuries. An FIR has been registered for attempt to murder (IPC section 307) among other sections at the Kankanady police station in Mangaluru. After the attack, a WhatsApp message doing the rounds claimed Bajrang Dal activists stopped the duo from travelling. “Ongoing Operation by Bajrang Dal Today (Thursday). A Hindu young woman who was fleeing with a Muslim man was travelling from Mangaluru to Bengaluru. Bajrang Dal activists stopped the couple near Pumpwell,” read a message. Separately, Vishwa Hindu Parishad’s (VHP) leader Sharan Pumpwell also claimed the group’s men intercepted the couple as it was a case of “love jihad”, but that a mob gathered and turned violent.






In Nikhil Vihar, Muslim families told to vacate homes by Holi

Date: 29 February 2020

Category: Threat

On February 29, around 50-60 men barged into Muslim colony in Nikhil Vihar Colony of Isharhedi village in Haryana and threatened them to leave the place before Holi or face serious consequences. Jhajjar district is located near West Delhi's Najafgarh area. Around 20-odd Muslim families have been residing peacefully in Nikhil Vihar, a Hindu dominated area, for over a decade. All of them are migrants from West Bengal, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, and work as a mason, carpenter, and labourers. Gulfam Khan, the complainant, in this case, told The Logical Indian that the men selectively targeted Muslim houses and broke nameplates on doors. "They threatened to see us if we all did not leave the place till Holi festival by selling our houses at any price or even without selling from here," said Khan.






Indigenous Assamese Muslim family attacked, women assaulted at NRC hearing centre

Date: 31 May 2019

Category: Hate violence

An indigenous Muslim man was brutally attacked by a group of people just outside a center where hearings are held as a part of the Claims and Objections process of the National Register of Citizens (NRC). The women in his family were also harassed. The incident took place on May 29 at Kapili Development Block NRC hearing centre in Morigaon District of middle Assam. Mokibur Rahman of Barigoan village, who is said to be in his mid-fifties was allegedly brutally attacked by a group of people. He suffered a severe head injury and was hospitalized at Morigaon civil hospital. The entire incident took place in front of police and security personnel who remained silent during the incident.