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Bollywood-Liberals won’t talk about brutal treatment of LGBTQ by Islamists

In a war of words that took place on twitter, film maker Hansal Mehta advised renowned film director Vivek Agnihotri to convert to Islam to ‘understand the religion better’. The Aligarh movie director expressed this ‘sincere hope’ for the ‘hate-mongering coward’ Agnihotri, in response to a tweet by the later about dubious nature of Shaheen Bagh’s anti-CAA protestors. Mehta also wished that Agnihotri would first understand Hinduism better because, according to him, the former was tarnishing the same.

Twitter users were quick to respond to this absurd suggestion by Hansal Mehta that one has to convert to understand a religion (would Mehta give similar advice to a Muslim director?), and reminded him of how his movie Aligarh faced severe opposition from the very same Islamists he is batting for now.

The movie Aligarh is based on the life of professor Shrinivas Ramchandra Siras, a faculty member at the Aligarh Muslim University, a ‘minority’ institution founded by Syed Ahmed Khan who is regarded as the original architect of the two-nation theory. A linguist and an author, Siras, specializing in Marathi, was the head of the Department of Modern Indian Languages at AMU.

In 2010, Siras was suspended from the university for being a homosexual after he was video-taped having consensual sex with another man at his home. Though he won the case against Aligarh Muslim University in Allahabad High Court, he was found dead just days before he was supposed to resume work. The police arrested 6 people including two journalists and four AMU officials, suspecting foul play as the autopsy showed traces of poison in his body. But later the close was closed due to lack of evidence.

It is not surprising that Aligarh Muslim University would suspend a professor, who had given 20 years of his life to the university, only for being a homosexual. Anyone who knows the basics of Islam would know that the religion is not very kind and accommodating to homosexuals. In fact, the LGBTQ (Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer) community members are subjected to unspeakable torture in Muslim society.

In Islamic countries like Afghanistan, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Pakistan, Sudan and UAE, homosexuality is a capital offense or invites strict punishment under sharia law. In other nations with Muslim majority like Qatar, Maldives, and Uzbekistan, homosexuality could land one a lifetime in prison.

When the Supreme Court struck down IPC Section 377 i.e. the anti-homosexuality law introduced by the British, the most vocal opposition of the verdict came from the largest Islamic seminary in Bharat, Darul Uloom Deoband.

Ever since Iraq was ravaged with war between extremists of different Muslim sects, hundreds of gay people have been slaughtered for their sexual orientation. The Islamic terror outfit ISIS takes pride in hurling gay people off roof tops and has executed numerous members of the LGBT community like this. The Islamic republic of Pakistan usually punishes homosexuality with vigilante justice, prison sentences, harassment & blackmail by police, and fines. Though Jordan appears to have a more modern take towards homosexuality and has legalized the practice, attack and raids at gay bars are common.

The United States is perhaps the most libertarian society in the world and has welcomed its homosexual citizens with open arms. But even in a country like the US, radical Islamists have attacked and killed people for their sexual orientation which offends Islamic principles. Back in June 2016, Omar Mateen killed 49 people, leaving 53 others wounded in a mass shooting at the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Call it an irony that he was employed as a security guard.

Further, Umar Haque, a 25-year-old extremist teacher has been convicted for plotting attacks on gay bars and public landmarks in London in 2018. The same year, a 17-year-old Muslim German teenager was arrested by Hesse state police for planning a bomb attack on places including gay clubs.

A 24-year-old Muslim man from UK, Jahed Choudhury, married his gay lover Sean Rogan in 2017, and has since received threats of acid-attack online and on the streets. “Even if I walk down the streets, I have people spitting on me and calling me pig – all the nasty stuff. I just keep walking,” shares Jahed.

The hate for homosexuals in the hearts of the extreme followers of Islam is evident in the fact that not only Islamic countries living under medieval laws, but even Muslim youngsters in western countries target them and wish them dead.

These were just a few among the plethora of hate crimes and severe discrimination against homosexuals by Islamists. Though even Christianity is averse to homosexuality, mainstream Christian society is much less bigoted, compared to Islamists, in their conduct towards homosexuals in their midst.

Hindu Dharma however is one faith that affords great accommodation to transgenders and homosexuals. You may read more about that, here. It’s time the likes of Hansal Mehta first tried to understand Hindu Dharma  & Abrahamic religions like Islam & Christianity better, before lecturing Hindus on right & wrong.

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