Aamir Khan and Kiran Rao’s divorce news sparks #LoveJihad on Twitter

Date: 3 July 2021

Bollywood couple Aamir Khan and Kiran Rao announced their divorce after 15 years of marriage. Theirs being an interfaith marriage, Rao and Khan are the target of trolls on Twitter. Because of the inflamed conversation around ‘love jihad,’ which prompted the implementation of anti-conversion laws in several states, Khan came under attack for his marriage and divorce to two women of a religion different from his. The 56-year-old Lagaan actor was previously married to actor Reena Dutta, with whom he has two children, Ira and Junaid.

 

Sources

https://www.shethepeople.tv/film-theatre/kiran-rao-aamir-khan-divorce-reactions-twitter-love-jihad/

https://www.eastmojo.com/celebrity/2021/07/03/aamir-khan-and-kiran-raos-divorce-news-sparks-lovejihad-on-twitter/

 

Gau Raksha president Kalu Singh booked for provocative speech

Date: 5 July 2021

Uppal police in Rachakonda registered a case against Kalu Singh, President Telangana Gau Raksha Dal for allegedly making inflammatory statements. Police took suo-moto action against Kalu Singh, President, Gau Raksha Dal Telangana for allegedly making a provocative speech in Hindi in connection with the shifting of cattle on the occasion of Bakrid.

 

Sources:

https://www.siasat.com/gau-raksha-president-kalu-singh-booked-for-provocative-speech-2160340/ 

https://deccan.news/one-booked-in-hyderabad-for-hate-speech/ 

 

Haryana BJP Spokesperson Makes Yet Another Communal Speech at Mahapanchayat

Date: 5 July 2021

In a brazen communal attack on the family of former Indian cricket captain Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi and his son and actor Saif Ali Khan Pataudi, Haryana BJP spokesperson and Karni Sena president Suraj Pal Amu termed their marrying Hindu actors Sharmila Tagore and Kareena Kapoor respectively an act of “love jihad”. Speaking at a mahapanchayat organised at the erstwhile royal family’s native place, Pataudi, the BJP leader also took a communal dig at Saif’s son, Taimur, by urging the area’s residents to ensure that “no Taimur, Aurangzeb, Babur and Humayun are born”. Speaking at an event that was reportedly organised to discuss religious conversion, ‘love jihad’ and need for a population control law, Amu, as per the Indian Express, targeted the Pataudi family by saying: “They say (there is) love jihad in Pataudi, those who gave birth to Taimur are also from Pataudi… Thakur sahib is sitting here, when the Nawab of Pataudi died, he was the one who tied the turban… while we know how to give respect, we want to request Taimur’s mother also, enough. This love jihad has been happening from the time of Sharmila Tagore, the seed was sown in Pataudi itself, people of Pataudi, only you will cut it. Stop welcoming them.”

 

Sources:

https://thewire.in/communalism/haryana-bjp-spokesperson-makes-yet-another-communal-speech-at-mahapanchayat 

https://indianexpress.com/article/india/bjp-spokesperson-suraj-pal-amu-at-mahapanchayat-if-you-want-to-make-history-taimur-aurangzeb-babur-wont-be-born-7389092/ 

 

 Teenager Who Opened Fire in Jamia Calls for 'Kidnapping of Muslim Women'

Date: 6 July 2021

A video from a ‘mahapanchayat’ in Pataudi, Haryana, showed a teenager, who shot at a Jamia student during the anti-CAA protests last year, allegedly exhorting youth to “kidnap Muslim women” in revenge for the alleged kidnapping of Hindu women. “Ram Bhakt Gopral” also allegedly raised slogans such as when Muslims would be killed, they would scream “Ram Ram”. According to a report by The Hindu, at the ‘mahapanchayat’ held by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) against “love jihad” and alleged religious conversions in the area, the teenager allegedly said he warned the “jehadis” and “people with terror mindset” that when he could travel 100 km to Jamia in support of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, Pataudi was not very far off. His alleged assertions were met with loud cheers. He also allegedly raised a slogan, “Jab Mulle Kaate Jayange, Ram Ram Chillayenge. [When Muslims will be murdered, they will scream Ram Ram)”.

 

Sources:

https://www.news18.com/news/india/teenager-who-opened-fire-in-jamia-calls-for-kidnapping-of-muslim-women-3929825.html 

https://indianexpress.com/article/cities/delhi/jamia-shooter-encourages-attack-on-muslims-abduction-of-women-7390155/ 

https://twitter.com/RambhaktGopal/status/1412135415566405632 

https://thewire.in/communalism/jamia-shooter-hindutva-criminal-ecosystem 

https://maktoobmedia.com/2021/07/12/jamia-shooter-ram-bhakt-gopal-arrested-over-anti-muslim-speech/

 

'Sulli Deals': How Photos of Muslim Women Were Misused On a GitHub App

Date: 6 July 2021

In a disturbing display of selective misogyny targeting Muslim women, photos of around 90 of them were uploaded by an unidentified group on an app using GitHub – by the name of 'Sulli Deals' – on Sunday, 4 July. Sulla or Sulli is a derogatory term used to refer to Muslims. The app came to light when people started sharing their 'deal of the day' on Twitter, but it has since been removed by GitHub. GitHub is essentially a hosting platform, with a repository of open source codes. The app 'Sulli Deals' was created and used on GitHub. "Once opened, the app would ask the user to click on 'Find your sulli deal of the day'. It would then randomly display a photo of a Muslim woman as your 'sulli deal of the day' – the photo most likely sourced from their social media account. The website — self-described as a “community driven open source project” — profiled Muslim women journalists, activists, analysts, artists and researchers and put them up “for auction”. While a majority of the women were Indian, women of other nationalities, including Pakistan, were also named. The information revealed included photographs and Twitter handles. Swati Maliwal, the chairperson of the Delhi Commission for Women, tweeted that she had issued notice to the police on this “very serious matter of cyber crime”. On 9 July, Delhi Police filed an FIR under section 354-A of IPC against an unidentified group.

 

Sources:

https://theprint.in/india/muslim-women-on-sale-website-targets-journalists-activists-taken-down-after-outrage/690318/ 

https://www.thequint.com/neon/gender/sulli-deals-photos-of-muslim-women-misused-github#read-more 

https://www.youthkiawaaz.com/2021/07/the-voice-of-oppressed/ 

https://twitter.com/SwatiJaiHind/status/1412733909586956294 

https://www.thequint.com/neon/gender/sulli-deals-dcw-delhi-police-notice?fbclid=IwAR3tZplub3IuLPE_Xml_sfQytdF4-Ue2vbJH2lLYdo4VqfiUds8yPTIBIO8 

 

Bajrang Dal member destroys foundation stone bearing Muslim name

Date: 1 July 2021

A Bajrang Dal leader was arrested and later released for barging into a temple in Aligarh and allegedly destroying the foundation stone of a water cooler that was donated by a Muslim. Deepak Rajput, was released on bail amid protests by the right-wing outfit. Several Bajrang Dal members had reached the Lodha police station where Rajput was being held and protested. Lodha police station in-charge Gajraj Singh said that Rajput was arrested under section 151 of CrPC (arrest to prevent the commission of cognizable offences) and released on bail. Bajrang Dal convenor (city) Gaurav Sharma told reporters, "There was no need of a foundation stone bearing the name of Muslim leader inside the temple. This was a conspiracy." The temple committee had filed a police complaint saying that some 'anti-social elements' entered the Khereshwar Mahadev temple and destroyed the foundation stone of the water cooler that had been donated by Samajwadi Party leader Salman Shahid. The temple committee head, Satyapal Singh, had demanded a probe into the matter.

 

Sources:

https://www.indiatvnews.com/news/india/bajrang-leader-held-for-damaging-temple-cooler-donated-by-muslim-716290 

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/agra/bajrang-dal-member-held-for-destroying-foundation-stone-bearing-muslim-name-in-aligarh-temple-released-on-bail/articleshow/84045070.cms 

https://www.timesnownews.com/india/article/up-bajrang-dal-men-barge-into-aligarh-temple-vandalise-water-coolers-foundation-plaque-bearing-muslim-name/779168 

 

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