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 6 November to 12 November 2022, we hope to provide a snapshot of such crimes and hopefully awaken more people around the world to this human rights crisis:
1) In another grooming jihad case, Sakir Mohammad duped a Hindu widow by posing as Rajkumar. It has also come to light that Sakir had even pressurised the woman to embrace Islam by blackmailing her using her pornographic clip recorded by him. He threatened to make her video viral if she refused to give in to his demands.
2) In another shocking incident of an Islamist assault on Hindus, 46-year-old Kishanlal Bheel was beaten to death over drawing water from a tubewell in Rajasthan’s Jodhpur. The three arrested accused – Shakeel, Nasir, and Bablu – also hurled casteist slurs at Kishanlal, who is from an ST (Scheduled Tribe) aka ‘Dalit’ community, and prevented his family from taking him to the hospital.
3) The Congress has never failed to bear its anti-Hindu fangs despite claims of Rahul Gandhi being a ‘janeudhari Brahmin’. The latest Hinduphobic statement came from its Karnataka MLA Satish Jarkiholi, hailing from a rich sugarcane-growing family and belonging to the Valmiki Nayaka community, who said the word Hindu is vulgar and has a shameful meaning.
4) Uttarakhand High Court drops POCSO case against Anees Raza saying ‘victim not interested’ in continuing prosecution.
5) Firoz Ahmad, who was out on bail, beheaded & mutilated electrician Suraj Gupta to fake his own death in UP.
6) Hindus in the Mumbai suburb of Nallasopara are facing harassment from Islamists. Recently, a youth Vishal Rai residing in Deep Heights Cooperative Housing Society was attacked by an Islamist mob. The society residents have been raising complaints regarding the group constantly harassing them, but their pleas have fallen on deaf ears.
7) An FIR (First Information Report) was filed against conspirator Badshah Sheikh and others for stabbing 7 Khatik (an SC community) villagers in Pune’s Daund. Indigenous rights organization LRO (Legal Rights Observatory) highlighted that the FIR was filed after considerable delay as Sheikh, who runs a sand and gutkha smuggling racket, had pocketed several policemen including PI Vinod Ghuge.
8) HRCE allows Crypto Christian DMK man’s marriage in the temple which was stopped after Hindu outfits protest.
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) Two minor Hindu cousin sisters aged 11 and 13 were abducted from their home in Pakistan in the pre-dawn hours of September 24. Nisha (11) d/o Mavji Ashok Kohli & Heena (13) d/o Ramji Ashok Kohli were abducted by 8 Muslim men – Hajan Abdullah, Ejhas, Sanaullah, Mustafa, Ayub Khaskeli & others – from Tando Ghulam Ali, Badin district of Sindh province as per human rights activist Mahesh Vasu.
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.