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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 20 November to 26 November 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) Attempts are being made to erase the Hindu identity of Madurai Meenakshi Amman temple by leaking specific carefully crafted information about inscriptions.

2) Six missionaries were booked for denigrating Hindu deities during an illegal mass conversion event in Uttar Pradesh’s Bareilly.

3) The Rewa police in Madhya Pradesh on Thursday arrested 31-year-old Yunus Ansari for the murder of 21-year-old plantation contractor Vikas Giri whose remains were found in 80 pieces from Dudhmuniya forest in February this year. Another accused, Ansari’s brother-in-law Sirtaj Mohammad, is still at large.

4) A shocking video has emerged showing a youth named Rashid Khan from Bulandshahr, UP talking to a reporter, and justifying Aaftab’s butchery who murdered and chopped his live-in partner Shraddha Walkar into 35 pieces.

5) An SC family has alleged that they were forcibly converted to Christianity by Bishop Dr Ajai Lall and Church authorities are now harassing them.

6) An incident of grooming jihad/love jihad was reported in Bihar’s Katihar district when a Muslim youth, posing as Hindu on social media, befriended and married a Hindu girl and then started applying pressure on her to conversion. The victim, named Julie, 29, a native of Manihari block in the district filed a case against the Katihar district court seeking justice.

7) A Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) worker named Yashwant alias Ambadi (30) from Lakshmipuram House was brutally hacked in Kannur, a CPM stronghold from where CM Pinarayi Vijayan was elected to the Kerala assembly. He was reportedly in critical condition.

8) Najibudeen (36) has been arrested for the rape and murder of an 18-year-old girl in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. The victim was the daughter of Najibudeen’s live-in partner, a woman who had separated from her husband 5 years ago.

9) A shocking video of a man, presumably a Dravidianist or Tamil nationalist, threatening Brahmin pujaris for reciting mantras in Sanskrit has emerged on the internet. The man threatens to pelt stones at the Brahmins if they don’t recite mantras in Tamil despite the locals opposing it.

10) Karnataka police on Wednesday arrested a man on charges of making obscene videos of a minor Hindu girl aged 13 years, blackmailing and raping her. The arrested person has been identified as 25-year-old Yunus Pasha. According to police, Yunus Pasha, a married man, had befriended the minor girl and gifted her a mobile phone.

11) Recently, Congress’ Pa Mallesh made Hinduphobic comments and targeted the Brahmin community while speaking at the book release function of Siddaramaiah.

12) Various janjati (tribal) organisations in Arunachal Pradesh on Tuesday strongly protested the cancellation of the Residential Proof Certificates (RPCs) issued to the Chakma and Hajong janjati communities by the state government.

13) Sabarimala sanctum sanctorum opened at 4 am on November 17. The temple witnessed a massive rush of devotees two years after the pandemic-induced disruptions were lifted. A handbook issued by the Kerala home department for police personnel deputed at the Sabarimala hill shrine, which said ‘all pilgrims are permitted entry’ at the temple as per a 2018 Supreme Court order, was withdrawn after it sparked controversy.

14) 18-year-old Hindu girl Mamta was murdered by a married grooming jihadi Mohammad Shariq (25) at her house at Burail village in Sector 45, Chandigarh. The girl had started avoiding Shariq and blocked him on her phone which incensed the Islamist sexual predator and drove him to murder.

15) A veteran soldier was thrashed aboard the Swarna Jayanti Express, which was headed from Delhi to Visakhapatnam on Sunday. The ex-serviceman was reportedly attacked after he sat down to protest by reciting Mantras in opposition to Namaz being performed aboard the train. The injured ex-soldier was admitted to the hospital after the incident.

16) FIR against Samajwadi Party social media handle for derogatory comments against Gorakhnath Math.

17) Hinduphobia characterises neo-Ambedkarism and it was proved once again during a mass wedding function organized in Rajasthan’s Bharatpur. 11 couples were administered the 22 vows of Ambedkar that are abusive and sacrilegious towards Hindu Dharma and Hindu Devis and Devatas.

18) Islamic Resistance Council (IRC), an unknown Islamic outfit, on Thursday claimed responsibility for the November 19 Mangaluru autorickshaw blast and warned of another attack in future. The Islamist group has said that one of its ‘Mujahid brothers’ Mohammad Shariq attempted to blow up a ‘Hindutva temple’ in Kadri.

19) A Hindu woman was gang-raped in Hilwari village, Baraut tehsil of Baghpat district on September 23 by two Muslim men. The victim alleges that police refused to lodge a complaint or take any action, and an FIR was lodged only after the courts intervened.

20)) In a gruesome case of grooming jihad, Shakib and his family had chopped Ekta Deshwal into pieces and buried her in a field. The accused have now been granted bail as the judiciary held that they had ‘no criminal history’.

21) In yet another case of love jihad (grooming jihad), Jitu Shaikh and two other Muslim students of Surat’s Mahavir College were beaten up by angry locals after they came to know that he had clicked obscene pictures of three Hindu girls after taking them to Oyo Rooms.

22) Kanyakumari BJP MLA has complained that the district administration is helping Christians build churches in places against which Hindu outfits obtained stays.

23) A minor Hindu girl is alleged to have been groomed and abducted by teacher Mohammad Aamir in Bihar’s Begusarai district. Aamir runs a coaching centre where the 14-year-old girl used to study for the last 4 years, i.e. since the age of 10.

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) More than 59 Minority families were forced to flee the country. This is one of the biggest exoduses in recent months. These minority families lived in Bandarban, Ramu in Bangladesh. They have taken shelter in Mizoram in Bharat. (Tweet archived here)

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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