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How A Jumble Of Politics, Gender Issues And Economics Foments Hate Crime In UP Part 5 of a 6 Part Series by Factchecker.In

Naseerpur village, Mau: When the residents of Bholapur Hindoliya village in north-western Uttar Pradesh (UP) caught a 20-year-old outsider near a cattle-shed, trying to draw out a buffalo, they were enraged. Having suffered enormous losses due to frequent cattle theft, they thought they had finally found the thief. Eyewitnesses said the villagers, mostly Jats, then…

Hate Watch: Dharma Sansad spews venom against Islam Doomsday rhetoric about Islam rife at religious conclave in Haryana

A conclave of ‘sants’ gathered in Haryana for a ‘dharma sansad’ on July 21-22 where they wrote a letter in blood to the Prime Minister, proposing a whole host of measures ostensibly to protect Hindu culture. Multiple controversial matters regarding Hindus and Islam in India, were discussed at the meeting, including stringent family planning measures…

As Woman, Citizen and a Muslim: How Courts Have Treated the Hadiya Case Love Jihad and Freedom of Faith, How have the Kerala HC and SC Dealt with Both

The Indian judiciary has gained a reputation for its tenuous tussles with the concept of religion. Interfaith marriages and religious conversion have been met with suspicion and convolutions ‘born as the result of a macabre mating ritual between patriarchy and bigotry’. ‘Love Jihad’ has been woven into a dominant caste Hindu narrative of religious extremism,…

When Love is an Act of Defiance A Timeline of Love Jihad cases From Silja to Hadiya to Afrazul

It all began when a man fell in love with a woman and they decided to get married. Ordinarily that would make for a Badjatiya approved sanskaari romance, but because it was an interfaith marriage, specifically one between a Hindu woman and a Muslim man, things got violent, ugly and bitter quickly. This is the…

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