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Hindus under attack: a weekly roundup of hate crimes, persecution, and discrimination against Hindus

Attacks on Hindus and Hindu Dharma, both in Bharat and overseas, are frequent and unrelenting. In many regions of the world, this persecution is like a genocide slowly unfolding before our eyes. For decades, the world has ignored the actual depth and breadth of these attacks, driven by disturbing anti-Hindu bigotry. From murders, forced conversions, land grabs, assault on festivals, desecration of temples and murtis, hate speech, and sexual violence to institutionalized & legal discrimination, Hindus are facing an increasing assault on their very existence along with an unprecedented Hindu hatred.

In this weekly summary for the period from 23 October to 29 October 2022, we hope to provide a snapshot of such crimes and hopefully awaken more people around the world to this human rights crisis:

Bharat

1) Kerala narco jihad – Islamists were using Hindu women to traffick drugs. Ajmal and Pavithra were arrested.

2) A 16-year-old girl was gang-raped by six people, including Congress’s youth wing president of Manendragarh district in Chhattisgarh, at a hotel in Bilaspur four months ago.

3) Islamists trigger violence during Diwali celebrations in Gujarat’s Vadodara.

4) Police in Tamil Nadu’s Coimbatore on Sunday (October 23) raided the house of the brother of Al Ummah chief, Basha as part of the investigation related to the early morning car blast that killed a 25-year-old engineering graduate.

5) There has been an attack on the Pulloorkonam temple near Vizhinjam in the Thiruvananthapuram district of Kerala. Bottles filled with a mixture of petrol and another unknown liquid were lobbed into the temple. Following the incident, police arrested a local named Salahuddin.

6) A shocking case of a woman being abducted, gang-raped, force-fed beef, and finally forced to perform namaz before being murdered by five Islamists has come to the fore from Rajasthan’s Bharatpur. The horrific incident took place within the jurisdiction of the Sikri (Sikari) police station.

7) A maulvi was arrested on October 20 for attempting to rape a 17-year-old girl who he forcibly dragged inside a mosque. 

8) A video of a group of men offering namaz inside the sleeper coach of Satyagraha Express (train number 15273) has gone viral on social media (SM) on Friday, October 21, 2022. The footage shows Muslims praying in the passageway and blocking the path of onlookers as well.

9) A Christian family swiped the rangoli and kicked the diyas placed by a Hindu family on the occasion of Deepavali. A video of the Christian family abusing the woman and trying to beat her with slippers has gone viral on social media. Police have booked a case on the Christian family, but they claim that there is no religious angle in the incident.

10) A teenage girl was dragged out of her house at gunpoint by a Muslim youth. The youth took her to the fields where he raped her. The incident took place on Tuesday (October 25) afternoon in Baraut city of Uttar Pradesh’s (UP) Baghpat District.

11) Police arrested Naushad along with two other accused, who had kidnapped and gang-raped (attempted to rape as per some reports) a minor Brahmin girl in Uttar Pradesh’s Ballia.

Pakistan

Abduction, rape, forced conversion, and marriage of minor Hindu girls are common occurrences in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. At least 1000 minority girls suffer such sex slavery every year in Sindh province alone. Apart from this, Pakistani Hindus face systemic and institutionalized discrimination and neglect, such as frequent attacks on Hindu temples, demonization of education curriculum, police and judicial antipathy, denial of fundamental rights, and even untouchability.

1) The Pakistani minority Hindu community of Tando Allahyar, Sindh was not allowed to celebrate Diwali. Gunmen unleashed intimidatory firing towards minority homes on Monday to prevent them from coming out and celebrating their most important festival.

Bangladesh

Attacks on Hindus in Bangladesh are relentless and designed to gradually cleanse the religious minority from the country. According to a study by Prof. Abul Barakat of Dhaka University, no Hindus will be left in Bangladesh by 2050 due to systemic and institutionalized persecution. Temple desecration, land grabbing, mob attacks after false blasphemy charges, rape/forced conversion of women, and hate speech are some tools used to intimidate and drive Hindus out.

1) On Monday (October 24), the day of Kali Puja/Diwali, a Maa Kali temple at Gobindpur village, Kotwali in the Dinajpur district of Bangladesh was vandalized and desecrated by local Muslim extremists.

2) Anil Chandra Paul (45) an autorickshaw driver, was hacked to death by miscreants after entering his house in Palash of Narsingdi district, Bangladesh. The incident took place in the Jinardi Madhya Charpara area of Palash Upazila around 3 am last Monday (Tweet archived here).

World

1) Hindu devotees, upset about Taylor Swift’s new song “Karma”, are seeking an apology from her for trivializing their serious and ancient religious doctrine of karma, calling it highly inappropriate.

Most hate crimes are driven by anti-Hindu bigotry encoded in certain religious teachings and political ideologies. While the anti-Hindu hate in Islamic countries is evident, there is another subtler form of anti-Hindu sentiment within institutions and the public sphere of ostensibly secular states (like India) that provides an enabling environment for Hinduphobia and hate crimes. This subtle, everyday discrimination can be missed unless one studies prevailing laws and patterns. The gradual ban on firecrackers during Diwali is a good example – it might seem pollution-related on the surface, but the double standards at play become apparent when one looks at the larger picture of restrictions on Hindu festivals and the lack of sound reasoning behind the ban.

We request all readers to share other anti-Hindu hate crimes that we might have missed in this period in the comments below or by dropping an email to [email protected]. We also solicit support in maintaining the Hindu human rights tracker database.

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