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Wednesday, February 28, 2024

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 26 March to 1 April 2023, we hope to provide a snapshot of such crimes and hopefully awaken more people around the world to this human rights crisis:

Bharat

1) Junaid and two others were arrested for assaulting Hindu lawyer Manish Gadkar who got a PFI spy arrested in MP’s (Madhya Pradesh) Indore.

2) On March 15, the session court at Alipore granted bail to policeman Haider Ali who was booked under the charges of rape and fraud. Haider posed as Prince to trap a Hindu woman and later exploited her sexually and financially.

3) In Khair town of Aligarh district, Uttar Pradesh, a Muslim woman Fatima aka Asha got married to Sagar Sharma around 5 years back and is alleged to have gradually converted the whole family. Neighbours claim that the woman is now pressurizing them too to convert to Islam.

4) On March 26, the Special Task Force (STF) of Haryana Police went to village Kertu in district Shamli to arrest Jabruddin, who was wanted in a murder and illegal arms case of 2020. Around 50-60 people gathered and circled the STF and local police team. They attacked the police with bricks and sticks.

5) A Muslim mob attacked the annual Hindu Ranbheri Rally by Hindus celebrating the Hindu New year festival at Jamvaramgarh in Jaipur in Rajasthan on 26th March, Sunday, and pelted stones at the rally. The incident happened at Tala village of Raisar area of ​​Jamvaramgarh when a bike rally by Hindus came under the attack of a mob of people wearing skullcaps.

6) THe Karikkakam Chamundi temple in Thiruvananthapuram has been banned by police from displaying the saffron flags. Reports say the police have asked the temple administration to remove saffron flags and torans which were put up as part of decoration for the festivals.

7) Early morning on Tuesday, 42 cows were being smuggled from Bihar to Assam for slaughtering purposes. The police of Matigara police station arrested two smugglers along with cows in Siliguri. The arrested have been identified as Subodh Saha (32) and Amar Kumar Singh (22).

8) Hindus who were protesting Quran recitation during the Belur temple festival were lathi-charged.

9) Hindus of Achan Kuttam village in Tenkasi district staged a protest opposing the construction of a new church in the village on March 25. As per news reports, the Church of South India(CSI) built a primary school on the concerned land 60 years ago. Later the school was demolished and built in another place for administrative purposes.

10) SC Hindu conservancy worker Sudalai Madan ended his life after continuous harassment by de facto Muslim Panchayat Chairman Aayesha in Tamil Nadu. The woman hurled casteist abuses at the victim and forced him to clean sewage with his hands. He consumed poison and passed away after treatments failed.

11) As Ram Navami preparations were underway across the country, Chhatrapati Sambhaji Nagar witnessed violence on the eve of the festival. The incident occurred between 1 and 1.30 last night in the Kiradpura area. News channels state that a fight between ‘two groups’ escalated into full-fledged violence. It has come to light that stones were pelted at the youth who had assembled outside the Ram Mandir for the Ram Navami festivities.

12) A Muslim man 25-year-old Rahman Khan, a native of Murshidabad in West Bengal was arrested by Odisha police after he forcibly entered the Puri Jagannath temple.

13) Ram Navami’s procession in Howrah was attacked by Islamists.

14) After Kishanganj, the district education officials in Bihar’s Bhagalpur have decided to change the school timings in view of the ongoing Muslim holy month of Ramzan, in which adults keep a day-long fast.

15) Following reports of violence, including stone pelting and burning of vehicles, from Chhatrapati Sambhaji Nagar on the eve of Ram Navami, Islamist violence came to light from Maharashtra, Bengal, and Gujarat.

16) A video of a temple pujari confronting missionaries preaching in front of a temple in Andhra Pradesh has gone viral on social media. While many admired the pujari for standing up to the missionary mafia, others criticised the onlookers for being indifferent.

17) A Periyarist who planned to burn the picture of Bhagwan Rama in front of EV Ramasamy Naickar’s (Periyar) statue was apprehended by Tamil Nadu police. 

18) The police personnel carried out a flag march in West Bengal’s Howrah after stones were pelted and vehicles were torched during a Ram Navami procession.

19) An incident of an Islamist mob attacking the Ram Navami procession has surfaced in Channarayapatana of Hassan district in Karnataka. A Ram Navami procession was taken out by Bajrang Dal members. It was attacked by Islamists when it reached a local mosque.

20) In Uttar Pradesh’s Lucknow district, a Ram Navami procession came under a vicious attack from a Muslim mob, including several women and minor children. They pelted stones and physically assaulted the devotees participating in the Sobha Yatra. The incident reportedly happened at around 1.30 pm on Thursday, March 30, when the Ram Navami Shobha Yatra was passing past the Shahi Masjid in the Madiyav village falling under the Jankipuram police station jurisdiction in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh.

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. This latest instance of the brutal rape and murder of a Bheel woman in Pakistan is yet another proof of the pitiable condition of Hindu minorities in Pakistan.

1) Pakistani Hindu dhaba owner was humiliated and his Dharma was denigrated by a policeman for opening his shop during Ramzan.

2) Inconsolable parents of Sheela Meghwar pleaded for her return after she was abducted on her way to the mandir in the old market district of Mirpur Mathelo in the Ghotki district of Sindh.

3) A Pakistani court ordered the filing of an FIR against those involved in the forced conversion and marriage of 13-year-old Gudi Bheel.

4) Pakistani Hindu Dr Birbal Genani, a former senior director of health at the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation and an eye specialist, was shot and killed by unknown assailants while returning home from his clinic near Layari in Karachi, Sindh.

5) After Sasaram, massive violence erupted in Bihar’s Nalanda district on Friday in wake of the Ram Navami Shobha Yatra, leading to the loss of both public and private property.

Bangladesh

Attacks on Hindus in Bangladesh are relentless and designed to cleanse the religious minority from the country gradually. 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 tools used to intimidate and drive Hindus out.

1) Mohammad Mohiuddin and his men attacked a minority family in Kishorganj’s Bajitpur on March 28 (Tweet archived here).

2) On March 28, the Hindu temple in Shariatpur’s Palong was attacked by Islamists who vandalized the pratima of Maa Shitla Devi (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. Still, 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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