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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 05 May to 11 May 2024, we hope to provide a snapshot of such crimes and hopefully awaken more people around the world to this human rights crisis:

Bharat

1) An encounter between the police and miscreants took place in Uttar Pradesh’s Gorakhpur district in which a man named Tahir Ali was shot in the leg. He has been arrested and sent to jail after medical treatment. An illegal pistol and cartridges have been recovered from him. He is a history-sheeter and has a total of 13 cases against him. He and his accomplice raped a 20-year-old girl. She fainted due to the brutal sexual assault and sought help from the villagers in her naked condition.

2) Saddam Hussain Limbuwale stands accused of perpetrating sexual violence against a minor Hindu girl hailing from Amargol. The victim, as per her complaint lodged at the Navanagar police station, stated that Limbuwale threatened her with harm should she dare to disclose the incident to her family.

3) In a recent incident in Raipur, Chhattisgarh, a 24-year-old woman named Swati Tiwary (name changed) reportedly eloped with Islamist Mohammad Shahid, her acquaintance from their time together at an LLB college. The girl’s family alleges she was taken forcefully, with suspicions of religious conversion. In a distressing incident of “Love Jihad” in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, a Muslim man named Mohammad Shahrukh Sheikh is accused of deceiving and sexually exploiting a Jain girl. Pretending to be a man named Yash Jain, the Islamist Sheikh befriended the victim, who worked as a manager at a company. 

4) A case of forced religious conversion involving a Hindu girl was reported from Madhya Pradesh’s (MP) Jabalpur. Telangana native Sheikh Ahmed befriended an 18-year-old Hindu girl on social media and lured her into a ‘romantic’ relationship. He subsequently married the girl via video call and later took her to Hyderabad, where she was forcibly converted to Islam. The incident came to light when the 18-year-old girl from the Tilwara police station area went missing on April 29.

5) Surat Police arrested a Muslim cleric, Maulvi Sohel Abubakr Timol, for planning to kill the leader of a Hindu organization and threatening the chief editor of a television channel, as well as Telangana BJP leaders, including an MLA and a former spokesperson.

6) Maharashtra LoP Vijay Wadettiwar claimed that ATS chief Karkare was not killed by Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Kasab but by a cop affiliated with RSS. Wadettiwar was targeting Mumbai North Central BJP candidate Ujjwal Nikam, who ensured the death sentence for Kasab.

7) A minor Dalit girl was brutally raped by an Islamic Jihadi in Karnataka’s Hiriyur. The victim, a young girl from the Dalit community, was reportedly subjected to this heinous crime by the brother of her Muslim friend. The accused not only perpetrated this abhorrent act but also issued threats to the victim’s life, adding to the gravity of the situation.

8) In a concerning development, it has been revealed that a private individual has constructed a Reliance mobile tower on the premises of the historic Mahaganapati Temple in Dambala village of Mundaragi taluk, Gadag district. This encroachment on a site of cultural and religious significance has sparked outrage among locals and raised questions about the negligence of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) in safeguarding heritage sites.

9) Senior Samajwadi Party leader and party’s National Secretary General Ram Gopal Yadav stirred up a fresh controversy after he made a controversial remark on Ayodhya’s Ram Mandir. Responding to a reporter’s query, the SP leader said that Ram Mandir is “useless.” Reacting to his remarks, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath hit back at the SP leader and charged the SP and Congress as ‘anti-Hindu’ and ‘anti-Ram’. He asserted that the I.N.D.I. alliance leaders were the ones who denied the existence of Lord Ram.

10) A young girl from Uttarakhand’s Sitarganj fell victim to Islamist Afzal Ahmed, who raped her and forcibly tried to convert her to Islam. The victim shared her harrowing experience, revealing that four years ago Afzal Ahmed, pretending to be a Hindu named Rahul, initiated a romantic relationship with her when she was underage. Over time, their relationship turned into a nightmare as the accused sexually exploited her.

11) An attempt was made to desecrate the Tirtha temple well of Kolathodu Molancheri Bhagavathy temple at Thenhipalam in Tirurangadi taluk of Malappuram in Kerala. The grill and net placed above the temple well were removed in an alleged attempt to defile the water.

12) Unidentified thieves broke into the Radha Govinda temple in Sarberia of Sandeshkhali by breaking its locks. According to local sources, a brass Murti and valuable ornaments of the Radha and Krishna Murti were stolen. A donation box was also broken, and all the money was taken away.

13) A police complaint was filed against a Missionary school in Baliya, Uttar Pradesh after it objected to the tilak worn and adored by a Hindu student. The student’s parents filed a complaint against the teacher and the Principal of the school. The teacher and principal were booked.

14) In a disturbing incident from Pilibhit district in Uttar Pradesh, a Muslim man named Mohammad Riyaz behaved inappropriately with a Hindu widow, Saraswati Devi. Saraswati had gone to Riyaz’s shop to get her bed repaired. Instead of helping her, Riyaz complimented her and then flashed his private parts to her during a video call.

15) Another interfaith relationship met the same fate as the Hindu partner who lost her life in Jharkhand’s Lohardaga. Bal Muni Lohra, a woman from the Janjatiya community, was strangled to death allegedly by her husband, Akhtar Ansari. Following the brutal killing, Ansari took Muni’s body to the graveyard to bury her and conceal the murder. However, the active locals caught him red-handed and informed the parents of Muni, after which a case was registered against him, and the police arrested him under charges of murder.

16) In a disturbing incident unfolding in Ajmer, Rajasthan, a longstanding Hindu shopkeeper, Gopal, has become the target of relentless harassment and threats from Islamists. Gopal, who has been operating his shop for the past four decades, finds himself besieged by Islamist individuals identified as Mohammad Javed and Hakim, who have orchestrated a campaign of intimidation aimed at forcing him to vacate his premises.

17) A Kannada movie titled ‘Ramana Avatara’ has stirred controversy even before its anticipated release. According to reports from Public TV, following the unveiling of its trailer, members of the Hindu Janajagruti Samiti (HJS) lodged a formal complaint with the censor board, insisting on the removal of objectionable content from the film.

18) Karnataka BJP lashed out at the state Congress government for appointing a non-Hindu person as a member of the Avimukeshwara Swamy Temple’s Brahmarathotsava Samiti, which is located in Hoskote Town Fort in Bengaluru Rural District. Notably, the newly formed committee to oversee temple events includes a Muslim man named ‘Nawaz,’ which has sparked outrage.

19) In a shocking incident reported from Saharanpur, Uttar Pradesh, a Hindu girl was chased and attacked in the middle of the road by an Islamist man identified as Mohammad Shakib. The Islamist assaulted the 17-year-old minor Hindu girl after she refused to enter into a relationship with him. Shakib, who had initially posed as Sagar Kumar to befriend the victim, reportedly became enraged upon the discovery of his true identity by the girl. The incident occurred after the victim stopped communicating with Shakib, prompting him to confront her in public.

20) A video went viral where the Congress candidate from Madhya Pradesh’s Ratlam was heard signalling to Muslims again. Kantilal Bhuria, the Congress candidate from Ratlam, during an election rally, said that if Congress comes to power, those who have two wives would get Rs 2 lakh a month.

21) Amid the Lok Sabha elections 2024, Ibrahim Moosa, one of the convicts in the 1993 Bombay bombings, was seen campaigning for Amol Kirtikar, the Maha Vikas Aghadi’s (MVA) candidate for Mumbai North West Lok Sabha constituency, on Wednesday (8th May). A video showing Moosa campaigning for Kiritikar went viral over the internet.

22) In a shocking turn of events, the annual celebration at St. Philomena’s College in Mysuru turned chaotic as tensions flared between Muslim and Hindu students during the event. The incident unfolded during the college’s annual function, witnessed singer Shree Harsha’s rendition of “Jayathu Jayathu Jai Shriram” on stage, sparking uproar among some Muslim students present.

23) Armed Christian Kuki-Zo extremists are alleged to have stolen and slaughtered 3500 cattle in the last 1 year. They circulated videos of brutal cow killings to offend Hindus.

24) Maharashtra Congress leader Nana Patole courted controversy through his statement on the ‘suddhikaran’ (purification) of Sri Ram Mandir in Ayodhya. He said the ‘suddhikaran’ would be done through the four Shankaracharyas.

25) Congress veteran Mani Shankar Aiyar urging the government to ‘respect Pakistan’ because of its atom bombs triggered a political storm.

World

1) Vandals destroyed 25 murtis in a mandir in Trinidad’s Curepe. The Bharatiya Vidya Abhyas Mandali temple is located on Curepe’s Watts Street. Among the vigrahas that were destroyed were six vigrahas of four feet each. Devotees and Temple authorities discovered rubble strewn everywhere and several jhandis being toppled.

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 emailing [email protected]. We also solicit support in maintaining the Hindu human rights tracker database.

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