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, 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 17 April to 23 April 2022, we hope to provide a snapshot of such crimes and hopefully awaken more people around the world to this human rights crisis:
1) Stones were pelted on the Hanuman Shobha Yatra at Holagunda Mandal headquarters under Aluru Assembly Constituency limits of Kurnool district on Saturday (April 16) night when the yatra was passing by a mosque. Five people were injured in the incident and were rushed to the local hospital.
2) According to reports, several police vehicles, a hospital, and a temple were damaged during the violence by the Muslim mob. Police resorted to lathi-charge and deployed tear gas to control the situation. A day later, police said that 89 people who were involved in the violence have been arrested.
3) A Hanuman Jayanti procession was pelted with stones while it was crossing through the village near Roorkee in Haridwar district Saturday evening, leaving four persons injured, they said.
4) Raopura area of Vadodara was tense after an altercation between mobs from the Hindu-Muslim community. A Sai baba murti was vandalized by a group at night, which was replaced and installed by police.
5) Stones were pelted at the police team who had gone to the area to search and raid the premises of Sonu alias Chikna, who was caught on camera, open firing during the clashes in Jahangirpuri on Saturday during the Hanuman Jayanti procession.
6) Alleged Popular Front of India (PFI) terrorists hacked to death a former Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) worker in Palakkad. Sreenivasan was former RSS Palakkad district Sharirik Shikshan Pramukh.
7) After the horrific violence on Ram Navami processions across the country which left one elderly Hindu man dead and several dozens, including policemen, injured, now similar attacks were reported yesterday on the occasion of Hanuman Jayanti.
8) Even as the country is recovering from the Ram Navami violence, news has emerged of violence from Mumbai’s Aarey colony during the Shiv Mandir Kalash Yatra on Sunday night. 8-10 persons are reported to have been injured in the clash. The Aarey police brought the situation under control and subsequently imposed a curfew (Section 144) in the area.
9) Locals thwarted an attempt by the Christian conversion mafia to convert Hindus to Christianity in Azamgarh, UP. On Sunday, Police arrested four accused persons, including a couple of women, from the Andakhor village near Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh.
10) Marxist Islamist alliance at Asianet News, owned by BJP MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar, hit a new low when they reported an Islamist rape using the Navratri festival in the headline. Netizens criticized and questioned their intent, and though they later changed the title, the news had done the intended damage.
11) Another Christian proselytizing attempt in a government school has come to the fore in Tamil Nadu. A 6th-grade student has complained that Christian teachers in the government school where she studies abuse her for wearing Pattai (Tripundra) and writing Hindu deities’ names.
12) A Hindu girl was stalked by a Muslim employee of a Maruti Suzuki showroom in Madhya Pradesh’s (MP) Ujjain. As per available information, the employee threatened the girl with an acid attack after she turned down his request to chat. The accused employee has been identified as Shoaib.
13) In a shocking decision, the Supreme Court commuted the death sentence awarded to one Mohd. Firoz for the rape and murder of a 4-year-old. He will now just serve 20 years for the crime, not even a full life sentence till the end of his natural life.
14) An incident of Islamists beating up a Hindu family for performing Puja and blowing the conch in their own home has come to light from Tripura. Speaking to the Time8 channel, the family members highlighted their plight.
15) A priest in Uttar Pradesh’s Jalaun has proceeded on a fast-unto-death after he was booked for breach of peace by the police on Wednesday. The priest was booked after he allegedly used a loudspeaker to chant the Hanuman Chalisa during the time of ‘azaan’. He is now demanding action against the administrative officials and the Kotwali police.
Attacks on Hindus in Bangladesh are relentless and designed to gradually cleanse the religious minority from the country. As per a study by Prof. Abul Barakat of Dhaka University, there will be no Hindus 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 of the tools used to intimidate and drive Hindus out.
1) A Hindu teacher, Sunil Chandra Das, acting Principal of Bhadeswar Nasir Uddin High School and College, was compelled to stay in hiding for one month after he was framed in a smear campaign in Golapganj Upazila of Sylhet. The allegation leveled against him was that he had forced a female Muslim student to remove her Hijab.
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.