On Monday morning, Hindus in various parts of Kerala were in for a shock as a mass hartal (strike) called over social media to protest the Kathua tragedy, soon descended into violence – and what was striking was the systematic way in which Hindu shops, establishments and even temples were targeted.
Organiser and Indus Scrolls have published detailed accounts of the violence which shows that while the rioting was done by workers of the Popular Front of India, Jamaat-e-Islami and the Indian Union Muslim League (a Congress ally), the CPM cadre provided tacit support to the anti-Hindu violence through a sustained Hinduphobic social media campaign over the Kathua case and denigratory utterances of Communist leaders. A lot of hateful ‘art’ has flooded social media, desecrating sacred Hindu symbols like the Trishul, and this was liberally shared by Hinduphobic groups in Kerala.
Here are some of the vitriolic statements which have been made in the wake of the Kathua case, wherein the people demanding a CBI probe to ensure true justice for little Asifa have been painted as “defenders of rapists” –
- Deepak Shankaranarayanan, an engineer based in Bengaluru working for Hewlett Packard, held the Hindu voters of the BJP responsible for the brutal rape and murder of the Kathua victim and gave an open call to shoot down 31 per cent of Hindus.
- Deepa Nishant, a vociferous advocate of CPM on social media and a lecturer at Kerala Varma College, sharing the same view as Shankaranarayanan, called to arms against the Hindu voters of the BJP to gun them down.
- The little girl kidnapped, taken to a temple and raped by religious fanatics; people’s representatives taking to the streets to defend the accused – the country, remembering these “good days” hangs its head in shame in front of the world,” Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan said.
“The rape and murder of the little girl is not the only issue. The reasons that led to this is what is crucial. The issue shows the dangerous situation that the country faces under the rule of the Sangh Parivar. Those who use even temples for such atrocities and the Sangh Parivar forces which supports this is dragging India to the black days of bestiality.” (emphasis added)
Most of the violence occurred in Malappurram district (70% Muslim population) of North Kerala, a stronghold of Islamist organizations like PFI. Manorama Online reports that the protesters blocked public transport buses, forcibly downed shutters of shops and hurled stones at passing vehicles, and even policemen were injured. Police rounded up hundreds of people from various locations in Malappuram, most of whom were later released on bail. Other northern Kerala districts like Kasargod, Kannur, Wayanad and some parts of South Kerala also witnessed violence.
A temple in Changannassery, in the southern district of Kottayam, was vandalised with hate graffiti on Sunday, while the compound wall of a temple its structure were damaged in Ambadi Nagar, Malappuram during the Monday violence.
Times Now shared a video showing how Hindu shops were systematically targeted and a clip where a crowd shouting ‘Allah-o-Akbar’ is seen attacking the occupants of what appears to be a police jeep alleging them to be RSS supporters – some of the attackers are also heard asking for the video to be deleted so as to not be used as evidence against them.
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An alleged gang rape in Jammu generates this kind of vicious Islamist backlash in Kerala. A riot in Assam and Rohingya issue in Myanmar leads to open rioting in Mumbai. An alleged blasphemous statement by a man in UP leads to nationwide protests demanding sharia-style ‘justice’ for him. A Bangladesh war crimes tribunal decision to hang an Islamist leader convicted of barbaric rape & murder of Bengalis (mostly Hindu) leads to violent protests in his support in Kolkata.
And many urban Hindus are feeling ashamed of some Hindus in Kathua for merely demanding a CBI enquiry in Asifa’s murder, when glaring loopholes have emerged in the chargesheet filed by Kashmir police.
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