Karnataka VHP leader threatens Muslims

Date: 10 August 2021

Activists from as many as 14 civil society organizations, including women's organisations filed a complaint with the Karnataka Director General of Police (DGP) against alleged communal hate speech by Sharan Pumpwell, a leader of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), asking for an FIR to be registered against him. Sharan Pumpwell, in a press briefing on August 9 in Mangaluru, threatened the Muslim community while accusing the community of shielding terrorists and supporting "love jihad". "I am giving a straightforward warning to those involved in 'love jihad' activities and supporting it and helping these 'anti-social elements'. This must be stopped immediately. We will be protesting against these incidents and if this continues, in the future, it may [result in] a protest, or even a fight or clash. For all the incidents in the future, you (Muslim community) are responsible for it," a clip of Sharan from the event shows him as saying. “He further goes on to make baseless and grave allegations of Hindu women being used for terrorist activities and sex trade,” the letter states, adding that these statements were fuelled solely by “communal hatred”.






Anti-Muslim slogans raised at Jantar Mantar

Date: 11 August 2021

Delhi Police arrested six persons, including BJP city unit's former spokesperson Ashwini Upadhyay, in connection with a video showing anti-Muslim sloganeering during a protest at Jantar Mantar. Videos shot at the event -- which organisers claimed was held to push for the abolition of “colonial-era laws” -- showed people shouting communal slogans, triggering outrage . After the videos went viral on social media, activists filed police complaints. Police said it didn’t grant permission to the event organised by Upadhyay under the banner of Bharat Jodo Andolan (Unite India movement). Upadhyay, a former Delhi BJP spokesperson, said no inflammatory slogans were raised. Deputy commissioner of police (New Delhi) Deepak Yadav said that apart from Upadhyay, Preet Singh, Deepak Singh, Deepak Kumar, Vinod Sharma, and Vinit Bajpai were arrested. “All six have been booked on the alleged charges of promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc, and acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony, disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant, and defying Covid-19 guidelines laid by the Delhi disaster management authority (DDMA), said the officer, adding that the FIR was registered under Indian Penal Code’s sections 153 A and 188 and 51 of Disaster Management Act. Later, a Delhi court denied bail to three persons arrested in connection with the communal slogans allegedly raised during the protest, saying that Deepak Singh can be seen making "scathing" and "undemocratic" remarks. However, bail was granted to Ashwini Upadhyay.







Right-wing group threatens Muslims working for Hindu shops

Date: 12 August 2021

Members of right-wing extremist outfit Kranti Sena told the local businesses and people to not work with Muslims and appealed to people to “not allow Muslim men to apply mehndi on the hands of Hindu women as they indulge in love jihad”. The incident came to light when Alishan Jafri, a journalist who documents anti-muslim violence in India, put out a video on his social media account, where some men are seen conducting a drive to ‘check’ the shops in the main markets of Muzaffarnagar. According to a report by The Times Of India, the outfit’s general secretary, Manoj Saini, said, “On the pretext of these odd jobs, Muslim youths entice Hindu girls and trap them in love jihad.” Rajesh Kashyap, one of the members of the outfit wrote on his social media, “If Muslim men are found working as Mehendi artists on Hariyali Teej (a Hindu Festival), then Kranti Sena would teach them a strong lesson in our style,”