Intolerance against Muslims in India

Intolerance against Muslims in India

A video that went viral on social media indicates rising state sponsored intolerance against Muslims in India. A young Muslim, identified as Lukman, was brutally attacked by a group of Hindu extremists on Friday near Delhi. One Hindu zeolite was hitting the Muslim with hammer blows. The victim was suspected to be transporting beef in his truck, whereas his vehicle was loaded with buffalo meat as mentioned in police report.  It merits mention that Indian Union territory Delhi had witnessed the worst anti-Muslim riots, including the country’s capital New Delhi in March. The Union government did not honor the SOS call of the Chief Minister Arwind Kajeerwal to send Federal Reserve force to restore law and order as local police was hand-in-glove with rioting RSS mobs.

A report published in The New York Times on March 12 revealed how police was part of violence. Delhi Minority Commission report of July 17 accused police of inaction during the anti-Muslim riots, which claimed 51 lives including 36 Muslims and 15 Hindus. Last year, a US state Department Report said that religious intolerance against minorities had increased in the Prime Minister Narendra Modi government. The report also mentions the persecution of low cast Dalit Hindus.

Pakistan is continuously sensitizing the international community on the ongoing campaign of hatred against the Muslim minority of 200 people in India, as it is now glaringly state sponsored. A new group at the UN has been launched, named “Group of Friends of Victims of acts of violence based Religious Beliefs.’  Pakistan is the founding member of this group, which was formed in pursuance of last year’s UN General Assembly resolution that it jointly tabled with Poland along with other cross-regional member countries. Speaking at meeting of this UN panel, Pakistan’s representative Qasim Aziz told hateful political rhetoric was being frequently used in India as weapon against vulnerable minority groups. It incites violence against the minorities.

UN secretary General Antonio Guterres had expressed concern over the enactment of laws, jeperdising the rights of Muslims in India.  In an exclusive interview with a private TV Channel, United Nations Secretary General Anonio  Guterres had expressed deep concern over the enforcement of largely anti-Muslim Citizen Amendment Act ( CAA) of 2019. The law is certainly impinging on the constitutional rights and social status of largest Muslim minority. The draconian law was passed by the Indian Parliament in November last year, which grants citizenship rights to Hindus who had migrated to India till 2015 from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh but the same right was denied to the migrants of other minorities such as Buddhist, and Parsees.

UN Secretary General said that (CAA) creates a “risk of statelessness” for 200 million people of Muslim origin. He categorically said that he was personally concerned against the rising discrimination the Muslims will face in India, arguing that whenever nationality laws are changed efforts are taken to avoid statelessness and to ensure that every citizen of the world is also a citizen of a country.

The contents of CAA have been analysed by legal experts and critically commented both in Western and Asian press as the law can be used to imprison or deport some members of Muslims minority who have remained active and vocal in politics and social fabric of India. BJP government has institutionalized hate against Muslims in the Indian society, be it incidents of cow vigilantism by extremist Hindus in front of police or the Indian Supreme Court in Babri Mosque case in Ajodhya. The Supreme Court of India ruled in favour of Hindus to construct Ram Temple on the site of historic Babri Mosque which had been demolished by Hindu mob consisting of workers of RSS, Wishwa Hindu Parishad and BJP in 1992. The mob was also led by some extremist BJP leaders. A retired Judge of Indian Supreme Court Justice A.K Ganguli criticised the verdict of the Apex Court being against the rule of law and constitution.

The CAA has been challenged in the Indian Supreme Court but the court declined the petitioner pray for grant of stay against the operation of this law and asked the government to submit a reply. It indicates that the court may not strike down this anti-Muslims law. It is not the responsibility of Pakistan, two other Islamic countries and few European countries to carry out diplomacy against the persecution of Muslims in India. Other Islamic countries must also raise their voice.

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