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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 31 July to 6 August 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) DMK ally and Chidambaram constituency MP Thirumavalavan has said that it is essential to join hands with Congress to defeat Sanatana forces and that throwing out Sanatan leaders like Siddaramaiah is the need of the hour. He further said that Sanatani forces would be vanquished forever if Siddaramaiah became the Prime Minister.

2) Third-year engineering student Mir Anas Ali has been arrested in Tamil Nadu for planning a terror attack after contacting the terror outfit IS (Islamic State).

3) A madrasa student from Karnataka, staying in the ‘world-renowned’ Darul-Uloom Deoband Islamic seminary of Saharanpur, was detained for questioning yesterday by NIA for terror links. The student, Farukh, is adept at many languages and was reportedly in touch with a module of Pakistan’s ISI via a social media app.

4) Recently, a video (archived tweet) of a Hindu girl pleading for help after being forced out of her own home has come to the fore. The girl identified herself as Krishna Sarika.

5) In a significant development in the BJP activist Praveen Kumar Nettare’s murder case, the special investigative team has apprehended a suspect from Kerala’s Talacherry. The suspect has been identified as Abid and the accused worked in a chicken shop and has connections with a political organization.

6) Kanpur’s Florets International School has been caught in a controversy after it was seen making non-Muslim students recite the ‘Kalma’ in a viral video on social media (SM). Several parents and Hindu organizations staged demonstrations after the video went viral.

7) Multiple attacks have been reported on Kanwariyas passing through Muslim-majority areas of UP.

8) A new grooming case has come to light from Assam. The Assam police arrested Abdul Sahjahan for identity fraud, torturing his Hindu wife and forcing her to consume beef. He assumed the fake identity of Mintu Roy to entrap the girl.

9) In a brutal incident reported from West Bengal’s (WB) Darjeeling, Mohammad Ashraf is accused of raping a 5-year-old. The incident occurred in Phasidewa Police Station jurisdiction.

10) Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) volunteer 32-year-old Jimnesh was lynched to death by CPM goons at Panunda in the Kuthuparamba area in the Kannur District of Kerala.

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) In heart-rending pictures that have emerged from Bangladesh, a 10-year-old girl can be seen crying inconsolably for her mother. The child had been knocked unconscious and, upon waking up, saw a sight no child should ever have to see – the nude body of her raped & murdered mother.

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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