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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 8 August to 14 August 2021, we hope to provide a snapshot of such crimes and hopefully awaken more people around the world to this human rights crisis:

Bharat

1) A woman doctor of Thiruvananthapuram’s Fort Taluk Hospital was assaulted by two men who had come to the hospital to get their injuries treated on Thursday night. The police have taken Karimadom colony’s Rashid and Vallakadavu’s Rafeeq into custody in connection with the case.

2) Alwar police on Wednesday arrested eight members of a ‘sextortion’ gang that targeted people including a Bharatiya-origin man settled in the USA. The accused had extorted nearly Rs 15 crore from different people by blackmailing them using pornography clips.

3) The incident of a Christian doctor in Tamil Nadu refusing to remove her footwear while sitting inside a temple has woken many slumbering Hindus out of their trance. The doctor was part of the team that administered vaccines in a village in Vellore. Despite people pointing out her mistake the doctor refused to respect Hindus’ beliefs and continued to be adamant about wearing footwear inside the temple.

4) Delhi police have filed an FIR against Hindu villagers who were protesting against the proposed construction of Haj House at Dwarka in New Delhi. Police officials have cited violation of Covid norms as the reason for registering an FIR against the protestors.

5) Tamil Nadu HRCE minister Sekar Babu has said that the government plans to build educational institutions in temple lands. As the anti-Hindu DMK government is looking to meddle in temple affairs by appointing pujaris in contradiction to sampradaya and threatening to stop reciting Sanskrit mantras to replace them with Tamil hymns, the announcement has made Hindus wary.

6) In a bloodcurdling incident of dual murder reported from West Bengal, police recovered two decomposed bodies from the house of Mahanad village resident, Santosh Pal on 1 June. The bodies were later identified as that of a woman, Pinky Orao, and her minor daughter. Pinky belonged to a vanvasi (tribal) community. Accused Matiar Sheikh hunted down and nabbed from Monteshwar in Purba Bardhaman.

7) A Delhi-based woman lawyer Shreya Agarwal was attacked by a mob after she reported cattle being stuffed into overloaded trucks and hoarded stealthily in Routhkhola of Tripura’s Sepahijhala District. Agarwal, who is also an animal rights activist, was on her way to the Tripura High Court along with her associates when she spotted the trucks carrying the cattle.

8) The DMK government in Tamil Nadu had earlier closed temples on occasions like Aadi Perukku, Aadi Krithigai, and Fridays citing the possibility of rising in Covid-19 cases. Now it has denied access to temples and water bodies for those who want to perform shradh for their ancestors on Amavasya. Amavasya that falls in the month of Aadi is special and those who could not perform Pitru Tarpan for their parents and ancestors on their Punya tithi would perform it on Aadi Amavasya. Hence it is an important occasion in the Hindu calendar.

9) In a heinous terror attack in Jammu & Kashmir, Islamic terrorists murdered the 3-year-old nephew of BJP leader Jasbir Singh in a grenade attack on his home. The family has alleged that they had been receiving regular death threats and had informed police, but adequate protection was not provided to them.

Pakistan

1) In an outrageous and shocking ruling, an 8-year-old Hindu boy became the youngest to be charged with blasphemy in Pakistan. This is nothing but a travesty of justice because minors are usually safeguarded against punitive action under general laws in a civilized world. The child, who is currently in protective custody, faces a possible death penalty after he was accused of having intentionally urinated in a madrassa library. His family has also gone into hiding after several members of the Hindu community fled Pakistan Punjab’s Rahim Yar Khan district following an attack in broad daylight on a Hindu temple.

2) The top leaders of the Milli Yakjehti Council (MYC), an alliance of 22 religious and political parties and organizations in Pakistan, have declined to condemn the vandalism and desecration of a Hindu temple in Rahim Yar Khan last week and instead talked of the majority rights.

3) Muhammad Ali Nawaz with his friends, late at night, entered the home of a Hindu Manghal Bheel, beat and tied family, raped and abducted his 15-year-old daughter Chatro for more rape & conversion to Islam in village Salho Bheel, Chacharo, Tharparker.

Bangladesh

1) Muslim goons attacked an entire Hindu village of Mallikpara in the Shiali village of Rupsha Upazila of Khulna district on August 8, 2021. They vandalized 4 big Hindu temples, all the murtis of 07 temples, 10 houses & carried out extensive looting including cows from 3 pm to 5 pm.

2) Muslim gangs attacked homes, temples, and shops of Hindus at Rupsha, Khulna.

3) Hindu boy forcefully converted to Islam by local up Chairman Kazi Bulbul Ahmed Shohag at Kazirbagh Union, Feni Sadar.

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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