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Monday, June 27, 2022

Hindus under attack: 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 true depth and breadth of these attacks, driven by disturbing anti-Hindu bigotry, have been ignored by the world. From murders, forced conversions, land grabs, assault on festivals, desecration of temples and murtis, hate speech, 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 27 February to 5 March 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) As per a Bengali newspaper cutting shared by a Twitter user, three grooming jihadis were nabbed by the state police when they were lurking around the Polerhat High school in the Kashipur Thana area in South 24 Parganas district. The three men have been identified as Rohit Molla, Mahfuz Molla, and Rafikul Ali.

2) Three men hired by fraudster Anees Ali were held for shooting at Dr. Keshav Agarwal in UP.

3) We have seen time and again the insensitivity displayed by the IAS cadres towards Hindus and Hindu Dharma. The root cause of this problem is the training they receive. Earlier, we saw how the Drishti IAS coaching center preached Marxism to its students. Now, it has come to light that the faculty at Vision IAS has been spewing venom against Hindu Dharma and presenting factually incorrect information regarding the Bhakti movement.

4) On February 18, officers of the Jhalda Excise Department raided Rabidi village of Baghmundi police station in Purulia district of West Bengal and picked up a 26-year-old Hindu ST (Scheduled Tribe) youth, Shikari Mura. Locals allege that they had detained Mura on baseless allegations of trading illegal liquor.

5) ‘Secular’ politicians like Sharad Pawar and his daughter Supriya Sule among others have now indulged in new propaganda denying the role of Swami Samarth Ramdas as the Guru of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.

6) Sharif Sohail from Indore in Madhya Pradesh groomed a minor girl from another community, converted her to Islam, ‘married’ her, raped and impregnated her and their premature baby is now in the government Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Astonishingly, Indore police arrested him on February 18, but he was granted bail and went absconding.

7) Reports have emerged of violence breaking out on Mahashivratri day at Ladle Mashak Dargah in Kalburgi District’s Aland. It has come to light that a Muslim mob pelted stones on Hindus and police personnel following which the Karnataka Police have arrested 167 persons, including 10 women in connection with the incident and the district administration has clamped prohibitory orders till Friday. Investigations have also revealed that the violence was planned.

Bangladesh

1) A Hindu woman and her pregnant daughter were brutally stabbed to death on Tuesday, March 1, by a man named Al Jobayer in the Nitaiganj area of Narayangunj.

2) Mohammad Nazmul, Iqbal & Biplob brutally attacked Jony Chandra Shill and his family members at Goulabaria, Shitakundha.

3) Charmonai Pir Syed Muhammad Rezaul Karim, who is a leader of Bangladeshi Deobandi and the second leader of Islami Andolan Bangladesh, converted a Hindu boy into Islam at his madrasa complex, Barishal.

World

1) Thai Hindus protest Hindu-bashing article in Bangkok Post written by NYT ‘journalists’.

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 obvious, 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 clear 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 the maintenance of the Hindu human rights tracker database started by us.

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