Kashmiri Youth Brutally Attacked Outside Office

Date: 23 August 2021

A Kashmiri man said he was attacked by a group of goons in Sector 44 Area of Gurgoan, Haryana. 24-year-old Tariq Bhat, hailing from Handwara, Kashmir, said that he was brutally thrashed and harassed by the group while he was returning home from the office.

“Someone covered my eyes and knocked me down and started to punch me,” Bhat narrated. “I was beaten to a pulp. I tried to escape, but I could not”.

“I was beaten for no reason. I held my ears seeking forgiveness just to save myself but they thrashed me brutally. They started beating me before I could say anything. They hit me with some sharp weapon which tore my shirt,” he added.

Tariq Bhat, the sole bread earner of his family, wants to quit and return back after the incident.






Hindutva group stops bus with Muslim man, Hindu woman, drag them to cops

Date: 21 August 2021

A state-run bus going to Bengaluru was stopped by a group of people belonging to the Hindu Jagrana Vedike, a right-wing outfit, and a Muslim man and Hindu woman travelling in it were dragged to the police station on late on Thursday, August 19, over suspicions that they were travelling together.  The woman, who was travelling from Puttur, and the man Naushad were travelling in a government bus to Bengaluru on Thursday night. Naushad had booked a ticket from Puttur to Kumbra in Dakshina Kannada, but changed his destination to Bengaluru as he suddenly received a call for a job interview there. He was seen talking to the Hindu woman in the bus. 

According to the police, the Hindu Jagrana Vedike members chased the bus in a car and stopped it, based on information that the Muslim man and Hindu woman were travelling together.  "There was an argument and they were taken to the Sullia police station but there was no prior connection between the man and the woman... We checked their phones," said Sullia police inspector Naveenchandra Jogi. 

In a video that has surfaced, a large group of people are seen discussing the incident outside the Sullia police station, with tempers flaring between Naushad and the Bajrang Dal group. Eventually, the police decided to send him and the woman on their way, in the bus to Bengaluru. "The man and the woman did not want to pursue a complaint against the group that stopped them and they were sent on their way," says the inspector. 






Mob Thrashes Muslim Bangle Seller; Money Robbed, Material Vandalised

Date: 23 August 2021

A Muslim man who was selling bangles was thrashed by a group of men in Madhya Pradesh’s Indore city, according to an NDTV report. The 25-year-old man’s police complaint says that the mob also stole Rs 10,000 from him.

According to reports, a police case was only registered after “hundreds of people” gathered outside the police station and demanded action against the accused.

NDTV reported that Madhya Pradesh’s home minister Narottam Mishra claimed that the victim was attacked after people “realised that he was using a fake name to run his business”.

A video of the attack, which has been circulating on social media, shows the victim Tasleem being beaten up by a group of men in the Banganga area of Indore. Even though the street is crowded, passers-by do not interfere to stop the attack. The assailants can be heard using religious slurs at Tasleem.

“Take whatever you want. He should not be seen in this area anymore,” a man can be heard saying, NDTV reported, while he takes bangles out from the Tasleem’s bag. The man exhorts others to thrash the victim, following which “three to four men come forward and mercilessly thrash him”.

However, later the next day, a case was filed against Ali under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences or POCSO on the complaint by the minor daughter of one of the accused.

According to the complaint, reported by the Indian Express, Ali came to the girl’s house on Sunday at 2pm to sell bangles, and identified himself as Golu, showing a “half-burnt” Aadhaar card. “We began purchasing bangles from him. As my mother went to fetch money, the bangle-seller looked at me in an indecent way and grabbed my hand, saying ‘I’ll help you wear bangles.’ He also inappropriately touched my cheeks,” the girl alleged in her complaint. She claimed she screamed, and Ali threatened to kill her and ran away, which is when locals apparently chased him, the newspaper reported.

However, none of the men seen assaulting Ali on video make any reference to his having misbehaved with any woman or girl; instead, they were upset with him for coming to a “Hindu area” and for not making it clear that he was a Muslim (he apparently used his nickname ‘Bhura’, which is religion neutral). Some of the men also seemed bent on assaulting him because of “what happened earlier in Bombay Bazaar”, a reference to an incident from a few days ago in which Muslim men had allegedly molested two Hindu women.