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, sexual violence, forced conversions, land grab, assault on festivals, desecration of temples and murtis, hate speech, 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 7 February to 13 February 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 shocking case of armed robbery from Ghaziabad led to the brutal murder of a 29-year-old woman and a 17-year-old girl. The three children were tortured by the perpetrators with a knife, a grinding stone, and a screwdriver to compel the mother to give up the location of valuables. The most shocking detail is that the robbers were known of the victims for many years, and the children called the women Uma “Amma” and her boyfriend Sonu Ali as “tailor uncle”!

2) Uttarakhand coach Wasim Jaffer has become the central focus of a new controversy in Uttarakhand. The former Mumbai and Vidharbha player, who has also played for the Bharatiya cricket team, was appointed coach to the Uttarakhand cricket team in June 2020 on a hefty payment of Rs. 45 lakhs a year. He was given the responsibility on strength of his record in domestic cricket, where he is the all-time top run-scorer in the Ranji Trophy.

3) Under the guise of protesting against Kalyanaraman, Islamic organizations are spearheading a hate campaign against the Marwari community in Trichy. Some Muslims distributed pamphlets in a lane in Trichy where the majority of the shops are owned by Marwaris. In the pamphlet the shopkeepers were asked, not so subtly, to shut their shops on 8th February. The pamphlet demands that Marwaris leave TN and go back to their ‘native place’. It accuses them of ‘funding BJP’ which is trying ‘to foment communal unrest’.

4) The police in Maharastra arrested two people on Tuesday in the case of a temple theft in Pimpri village, Thane district. The police scanned 30 CCTV cameras between the village and Taloja and Kharghar in Navi Mumbai. After the technical inputs, Sharif Shafiful Shaikh (25) and Mohammad Hussian Yasin Mulla (28) were arrested from Kharghar.

5) A complaint by a minor girl, who alleged that an Instagram handle run by a stalker was morphing her pictures and the man was demanding her nude photos, led to the arrest of a 19-year-old youth from Haryana’s Faridabad district, said police on Wednesday. The accused Rahim Khan confessed to his crime and revealed that he had similarly blackmailed more than 50 girls and women across India.

6) The body of a nine-year-old girl was found from a building in North Kolkata’s Jorabagan area on 4th February, Thursday. The girl had been reported missing late on Wednesday evening from her maternal uncle’s house, where she had gone for a visit. But police did not take the complaint seriously and search for her, locals allege.

7) 25-year-old Bajrang Dal activist Rinku Sharma was stabbed to death by a Muslim mob who dragged him out of his house in Delhi’s Mangolpuri on Wednesday night. Although mainstream media (MSM) is attempting to whitewash the case as one of a brawl between two parties, it has come to light that Sharma was brutally murdered after an argument over the Ram Mandir donation drive. The four who have been arrested by the police have been identified as Mohammad Islam, Danish, Zahid, and Mehtab.

8) Two men, Mohammed Suhail (19) and Nizamuddin (21), have been arrested in Karnataka on February 1 for serial thefts targeting Hindu temples in Konaje police station limits on the outskirts of Mangaluru city.

9) Cow smugglers and villagers in Mewat, Haryana fired gunshots and threw stones at a police team, leaving 8 personnel injured. They destroyed police vehicles and ran away with two dozen cows, bulls, and calves that the police had rescued. The injured policemen were admitted to Shahid Hasan Khan medical college.

Pakistan

1) Hindu human rights activist and daily wage worker Sagar Mukesh abducted after he welcomed PTM leaders to Karachi.

2) Most of the revered sites of the minority Hindu community in Pakistan are in a poor condition & the authority responsible for their upkeep has failed to maintain them, leaving the ancient worship places in a state of decay.

3) The extent of neglect and discrimination sanitary workers in Sindh, Pakistan face for being Hindus creates a situation of intersectional marginalization. A Hindu sanitization worker was attacked and beaten when mopping floors along with her son, in Sindh.

Bangladesh

1) On 1st February a minor girl named Ankita Suha was abducted, brutally raped, and murdered by one Mohammed Jahangir at Rupsha, Doulatpur police station, Khulna district, Bangladesh.

2) Incidents of Hindu temple vandalization against Hindus are on the rise in Bangladesh. It has now come to light that a group of unidentified hooligans vandalized murtis of five temples in Dinajpur’s Chirirbandar Upazila located in Northern Bangladesh.

3) Jewellery shop of a Hindu shop owner was burgled and 500 tolas of gold ornament were looted from the shop at Dhaka Mall.

4) A Hindu family was brutally attacked by Mohammad JM Khalil and Tanvir who were trying to forcefully kick out Hindus from their land at Pathargatha, Barguna district.

5) A similar incident of Hindu families being assaulted by Muslim gangs in a land grab attempt took place at Faridpur district’s Nagarkandha.

6) Attack on a Hindu house in Bangladesh which was then burnt & plundered by local Muslim miscreants at Begumganj P.S, Noakhali district.

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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