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JE Vaccination Workers Attacked in Muslim Areas over ‘Impotency’ Rumors

Now that libtards have had a field day castigating the 5-month-old BJP Government in UP for the tragic encephalitis-related deaths in Gorakhpur, let us see how many of them have the integrity to comment on another major obstacle towards eradicating this disease.

Central and State Governments have launched an ambitious vaccination drive against JE (Japanese Encephalitis) – in UP alone, the CM flagged off the drive in May to vaccinate 88 lakh children in 38 districts of UP. Similar efforts are underway in other states which bear the brunt of the annual encephalitis epidemic, i.e. Jharkhand, Assam, Bihar etc.

And like every year (during any vaccinaton drive or public health initiative), we see reports this year too of vaccination workers being attacked in Muslim areas where people suspect the Government is secretly trying to make their children impotent in the guise of vaccination. And since BJP is now in power at both centre and most of the JE-affected states, this rumor has taken even stronger hold.

Here are 3 recent reports on how the JE vaccination drive is up against the formidable Muslim rumor mill (the same sort that still persists with RSS behind 26/11, Modi is a mass-murderer, Batla House was a staged encounter etc) which is nourished by Urdu media, Muslim and secular leaders and of course the ulema :

1.) Vaccination workers thrashed in Muslim areas in Jharkhand’s Dhanbad, Bokaro

“The ongoing immunization drive against Japanese Encephalitis has stumbled upon a major roadblock in Muslim inhabited localities of Jharkhand’s coal belt Dhanbad and Bokaro districts.

Superstitious mobs have taken immunization workers hostage and also thrashed them for ”forcibly” administering medicines to children to suppress their fertility and check the Muslim population.

Justifying the manhandling incidents, a section of Muslim leaders in the two districts have gone on to allege that the health workers were executing a ploy by the BJP governments in the Centre as well as in the state to make Muslim children ”impotent” and ”infertile”.

The attacks have left health workers, mostly auxiliary midwives (ANM) and sahiya (rural health workers) panicky as majority of them have decided not to visit Muslim localities until they are provided security

“The government is conspiring to make Muslim children impotent through the vaccine,” said Md Idris, an agitated guardian. Another guardian, refusing to be identified, said, “The government may not consider us fools…. but we are alert and aware of their nefarious designs towards Muslims.

Zubair Alam, vice president of the Coalfield Muslim Yatim Khana, said, “The BJP is in power both at the Centre and state. Muslims do not trust the intentions of the BJP towards the community. Since kids in schools are being vaccinated without consent of guardians rumors are making round that such drive is being done to check Muslim population.”

He said that unlike in the past, when the government advertised a lot before launching polio and Mission Indradhanush, the Japanese Encephalitis vaccination drive was launched “silently” and hence the rumours”

2.) Vaccination related rumors refuse to die, another outburst in Ramgarh, Jharkhand

“Few Muslim parents and other members of the community stormed the Naisaria High School claiming their children had fallen ill after the vaccine administered the previous day in school. They abused and attacked the Head Teacher Bhaveshwar Mahto. Many claimed that there was a conspiracy to make their children impotent.

It was only after senior administration officials arrived and a doctor explained that a light fever can occur sometimes after vaccination, did the mob disperse”

3.) Fear about ‘RSS vaccine’ keeps Assam students away from schools

“The fear about an “RSS vaccine” has kept many students away from schools in Assam.

Panic has set in among parents as well, particularly in Muslim-majority areas, following widespread rumours that the vaccine will be administered in schools to make students, both boys and girls, infertile.

The vaccine is rumoured to be a plan of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) to check population. As a result, many parents have stopped sending their children to schools.

The fear about infertility has gripped people in Chirang, Baksa, Barpeta, Nalbari, Kamrup (rural) and Kamrup (metro) districts. Some of them witnessed an alarming growth in population in recent years.

The authorities visited many affected areas but could not allay the fear of the people.”

Did you hear any intellectual or celebrity journalist raise this important issue, or try to educate their jamaat?

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