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 14 February to 20 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 pastor has been accused of carrying out religious conversions of Hindus in Vanasthalipuram, Telangana. G.Chandra Mouli, a pastor at Jerusalem Church in Hasthinapuram at Vanasthalipuram, along with his wife went to the house of one Jayamma to ‘pray’.

2) The attacks on Hindus who dare stand with BJP are increasing as West Bengal elections come nearer. In a shocking incident on Friday, TMC goons poured boiling hot water on two BJP workers in Birbhum, the opposition party’s state unit shared via its official Twitter handle.

3) Farmer leader and Congress supporter Hawa Singh Sangwan went on a Hindudveshi/Hindumisic rant while speaking at the farmer protests. Sangwan even insinuated that Hindu dharma was not a religion while adding that people should convert out of Hindu dharma and adopt Sikhism.

4) The recently released Telugu-language film ‘Uppena’ (meaning high tide) has been called out for its anti-Hindu content by moviegoers. The romantic drama written and directed by debutant Bucchi Babu Sana and produced by Sukumar in collaboration with Naveen Yerneni and Y. Ravi Shankar, features debutants Panja Vaisshnav Tej and Krithi Shetty in the lead roles, with Vijay Sethupathi playing the antagonist.

5 )Meesha, a controversial novel that is openly abusive against Hindu customs has been awarded the state Literary Award by the Communist Government in Kerala. “Temple going women devotees are well-dressed in such way to lure the priests with the intention of having sex with them” – this is an example of the author’s words with reference to Hindu temples in the novel named ‘Meesha’ (the moustache).

6) A group of Muslim miscreants led by a local named Jalal vandalized a murti of Devi Saraswati on Wednesday. The incident took place in Domjur town in the Howrah district of West Bengal just before devotees were out for the immersion of the murti a day after Saraswati Puja.

7) Popular Hindu eatery Krishna Vaishno Dhaba’s owner shot in Srinagar by an Islamic terror organization. On 17th February, the terrorists from a banned Islamic extremist organization shot Akash Mehra, son of the Dhaba owner in the Durganag area of Srinagar. The terrorists purportedly belonging to ‘Muslim Janbaaz Force’ declared that the Dhaba owners are ‘non-locals and hence did not deserve to be in the valley.

8) A day after Islamic terrorists opened fire at an owner of Krishna Dhaba in Dalgate area of Srinagar, the area around another food joint named Shiv Shakti Sweet shop in Srinagar’s Barzulla has been targetted by terrorists.

9) Mahant Bajrang Muni was stabbed and grievously injured by Laik Khan and others in Sitapur.

10) Twitteratti protested against popstar Rihanna on Tuesday after she insulted Hindu dharma by shamelessly posting a semi-nude topless picture for her lingerie brand Savage X Fenty while sporting a necklace with a Bhagwan Ganesha pendant.

Pakistan

1) According to reports, Neena Kumari daughter of Ramesh Lal from Sindh’s Nashharo district’s Halani Darbar was abducted by policeman Ghulam Mahroof Qadri. He was deployed at a picket for the security of the area’s minority residents.

Bangladesh

1) Every pujo, Jihadis vandalize murtis in Muslim-majority Bangladesh. This Saraswati Pujo was not an exception either. The murti of Devi Saraswati was vandalized by Islamists on the eve of Pujo at Nasirnagar police station area of Brahmanbaria district, Bangladesh.

2) Another incident of Land Jihad has been reported by a Hindu minority family in Muslim-majority Bangladesh. This time the location happens to be Kalibari village of Kalmegha union, Patharghata Upazila, Barguna district of Bangladesh.

3) Hindu family was brutally attacked by Mohammad Hafizudfin in Tarakhandha P.S, Mymensingh 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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