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 17 January 2021 to 23 January 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) Rajatlab’s Congress councilor Kamran Ansari’s video of beating a tribal youth in public went viral on Monday. In the video, the councilor is seen beating the young man with sticks and kicking him. FIR has been filed against Ansari and his brother in connection with this incident.

2) Legal Rights Observatory in its new expose has brought forward the anomalies in the utilization of FCRA funds received by Boro Baptist Church Association (BBCA). Founded by American Baptist Missionaries in 1927 and later nurtured by the Australian Baptist Missionary Society (now known as Global Interaction) it is based in Bodoland, Assam. LRO has flagged both Boro Baptist Church Association and Seva Bharat of using foreign funds for nefarious activities and written to the Home Ministry about it.

3) DMK ally VCK’s Shah Nawas wanted the Hindu festival Pongal delinked from Hindu Dharma. On one hand, DMK and its assorted organizations try hard to establish that Pongal/Makara Sankranti is a ‘secular festival’ exclusive to Tamils. They celebrate ‘Equality Pongal’ with church fathers and sometimes imams. On the other hand DMK’s ally Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK) party leader Shah Nawas has expressed displeasure about the Hindu aspects of the Pongal celebration and asked for them to be dropped. In a video going viral on social media, he can be seen saying that Hindu customs and practices being followed during the Pongal celebration ‘hurt the religious feelings of Christians and Muslims’.

4) A farmer was shot dead and his brother grievously injured in the stone-pelting and firing by the accomplices of a cattle smuggler they had caught when he entered their house at Nagla Dayal in Thana Karhal area of Mainpuri district to steal a buffalo. The victims have been identified as Ramnaresh and Munnalal. The police have registered a case based on the statement of the victim’s nephew and are investigating the same.

5) 17-year-old Abhishek stabbed to death by Naseem and others over cricket match scuffle. The incident took place when Abhishek, a resident of Camp No. 2, Nangloi, was playing cricket along with his friends near the railway track in Veena Enclave on Sunday afternoon.

6) An unidentified miscreant pelted stones on an ST (State Transport) bus at the Vaijapur bus stop in Sambhajinagar (aka Aurangabad) with the board reading Sambhajinagar as against Aurangabad. The ST bus has been damaged in the process.

7) Christian evangelism has been wreaking havoc on Bharat and Hindu culture using the ‘divide & rule’ policy. The Telugu-speaking states of Andhra Pradesh (AP) and Telangana in particular have seen increasing instances of Christian aggression. It has now come to light that innocent OBCs (Other Backward Castes) of Sangem Srirampur Village in Telangana’s Jagtial have been caught in the crossfire between SCs (Scheduled Castes) and Dalit Christian converts. 18 people belonging to the OBC community have been arrested under the Atrocity Act for the customary Mahisasur Dahan on Dussehra.

8) In a recent television debate SWARGARAM aired on ABP Ananda on 8th January 2021, Bengali filmmaker and singer of popular Bangla band Chandrabindu, Anindya Chattopadhyay said, “I will have beef on Nabami and that should be allowed. This is part of my rights guaranteed by The Constitution of India.” Following this Bengali actress Deboleena Dutta made a controversial remark on similar lines on the consumption of beef during Durga Nabami. During the debate, actress Debleena Dutt who was present in the audience said, “Let me say one thing, I strongly agree with you (Anindya Chattopadhyay). Though I am a vegetarian I can cook mutton and beef both very well. So on Ashtami and Nabami just give me a call…I will cook”.

9) A case of grooming has come to light in Madhya Pradesh. A man named Sohail Mansuri alias Sunny has been arrested by Madhya Pradesh Police under Freedom of Religion Ordinance 2020 based on the complaint filed by a 22-year-old woman from Barwani.

10) Madhya Pradesh Police has filed the second case under the state’s new anti-conversion law based on a complaint by a 24-year-old Hindu girl, an engineering student, in Bhopal on Wednesday. The complainant, who lives in Bhopal but originally hails from the Balaghat district, developed friendship with the accused identified as Asad alias Ashu after she met him while travelling on public transport in November 2019. The accused posed as Ashu saying that he was a Hindu, and gradually became close to the girl. Both developed physical relations after which Ashu promised to marry the girl.

11) While TDP Chief and ex-CM of Andhra Pradesh (AP) Chandra Babu Naidu (CBN) announced his decision to hold a 10-day Dharma Parikrakshana Yatra to ‘safeguard Hindu Dharma’, it turns out that two TDP MLAs who served as ministers in his government and had fought elections using SC (Scheduled Castes) certificates from reserved constituencies are Christian converts.

12) In a shocking act which has grievously hurt religious sentiments of Hindus, an Amman temple has been desecrated by a converted man. As everyone went to bed after Pongal celebrations, an Amman temple in Ellapalli, a small village near Andhra-Tamil Nadu border in Thiruppathur district, TN was desecrated by a rabid Christian convert. The Amman temple which is said to be more than 250 years old was recently renovated with new structures as per the locals.

13) BJP MP Mahavir Bhagora who had represented an ST (Scheduled Tribe) reserved constituency and had got elected as a representative of the Meena tribal community died of the Chinese Virus on 16 January 2021. What came as a shock to many was that the final rites of Bhagora were conducted in his ancestral village as per Christian rituals.

14) The UP (Uttar Pradesh) police have successfully busted a sex-trafficking racket run by Aftab and his gang. The police also rescued two girls belonging to the Basti district. Balrampur district resident Aftab was arrested by the police after they received a tip-off and search for other members of his gang is on-going.

15) A Hindu youth Ravi who went to wish his Muslim girlfriend on new year was beaten up and thrown half-dead on the road by the girl’s family died subsequently. Ravi’s family had admitted him to a private hospital but the youth didn’t survive. The family members of the 20-year-old girl have been accused of murder and police have registered a murder case against Saddam, Naushad, Mahroof, Irshad, Armaan in connection with the case.

Bangladesh

1) Local muslim miscreants attacked & plundered a Hindu house in Chittagong district’s Halishahar.

2) The house of a Hindu man was burnt and plundered in Mathbaria located in Pirajpur district.

3) Muslim miscreants vandalized a Hindu temple in Chandpur district on 19 January. The murtis were destroyed and temple was burnt by the miscreants.

4) Muslims abducted and forcibly converted Hindu girl Ruby Roy to Islam. The incident occured on 22 January in Pirganj police station jurisdiction in Tagorgaon 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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