Tide of hatred against Muslims continues: Payment denied for Muslim server Religious tolerance and communal harmony under threat due to alarming incidents of violence and discrimination against Muslims

25, Jan 2024 | CJP Team

In India, the unsettling issue of violence and hate directed towards Muslims persists, raising profound concerns about the nation’s commitment to religious tolerance and communal harmony. Instances of discrimination, targeted attacks, and communal tensions have continued to arise and persist.

Dehradun, Uttarakhand

The Uttarakhand Police has reportedly initiated legal action following an incident where a Muslim shop manager in Dehradun was harassed by a group of Hindutva supporters. The dispute arose over a poster depicting the Hindu deity Ram installed. Shared widely on social media, the video captured the altercation, where two Muslim men clarified that they were employees, not owners of the shop. The Dehradun police revealed that the shop, Aman General Store, was owned by Rakesh Borai who had rented it to one Girish and who in turn had employed Mohammed Ayub Khan to manage the shop. The shop owner had reportedly instructed against alterations or removal of items of the way he had placed objects. However, on January 9, Radha Dhoni and her supporters forcibly removed the poster and made communal remarks. A case has been filed under the Indian Penal Code for promoting enmity between groups, hurting religious sentiments, and making statements that amount to public mischief.

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Bangalore, Karnataka

On January 9 in Mudigere, Chikmagalur district of Karnataka, two Muslim teenagers, Mohammed Munaaz and Sameer were brutally attacked by a group of right-wing people. The shocking video of the incident has circulated widely on social media. The people on ground have suggested that this was a planned and targeted attack. Sameer was targeted while attempting to get his phone back from a shop. He was accompanied by his cousin Munaaz who was also beaten with him. Sameer revealed that he had been assaulted and faced an attempted kidnapping six months prior, but the family had kept it hidden to avoid complications. The attackers this time had initially confronted Sameer, who managed escape. However, the situation became worse when the attackers were joined by friends in a car and they attempted to kidnap both Munaaz and Sameer. However, when they did not succeed in their attempt, the attackers resorted to brutal physical violence and even resorting to using a lever to assault the teens. Despite a sizable crowd, bystanders did not do anything until the police intervened. Upon arrival, the police took the cousins in turn into custody because they were being accused by the attackers of being involved with Hindu girls. Munaaz has strongly denied these baseless claims, according to reports. He also recounted a prior incident where he and a friend were chased and threatened by people who were drunk. Currently hospitalised in Chikmagaluru, Munaaz expressed concern about the attackers being released on bail after their arrest. Highlighting a plausible reason for the repeated attacks, Munaaz says that these incidents were taken due to Sameer’s conversion to Islam. Sameer’s mother had reportedly adopted Islam following her husband’s death. 

Mawana, Uttar Pradesh

On the night of January 20th, in Meerut’s Mawana region a 28-year-old Mohd Bilal, a Muslim man, succumbed to the gunshot wounds he reportedly sustained during an alleged “exchange of fire” with the police the day before. The situation escalated into gunfire and resulted in Bilal being injured by bullets. He was rushed to a city medical facility where the doctors there had stated that injuries were very complicated and the bullet was still remaining due in his body. The family has contested the police’s version of events and has said that he was an innocent and honest vegetable seller. They have claimed that he was killed in a fake encounter and reportedly staged a protest at the police station. 

Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh

In a recent incident in Lucknow, a catering contractor named Pradeep Kumar Gupta has lodged a police complaint against his customer. The customer whose name is Madan Lal Vajpayee had reportedly refused to pay him. According to The Observer Post, the dispute arose when Vajpayee allegedly refused to pay the outstanding amount of Rs 70,550 and, furthermore, demanded details regarding the waiter’s caste and religion. The owner of Yash Caterer, provided catering services for Vajpayee’s daughter’s wedding. Despite an agreed-upon total sum of Rs 4,25,000, Vajpayee reportedly did not settle the remaining balance after which Gupta was compelled to take legal action. 

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