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BJP candidate demands Muslim women lift face veil at polling booth

The Bharatiya Janata Party’s candidate in Hyderabad, Madhavi Latha, demanded that Muslim women wearing a niqab (face veil) lift their veils at a polling booth. In a viral video, she is seen inspecting the identity cards of Muslim women and asking them to show their faces. 

After the video was widely circulated, many questioned Arvind’s misconduct and harassment while there were already female polling agents to take care of the matter.

In April, Latha had mimed shooting an arrow at a mosque during a Hindu religious procession.

BJP candidate intimidates Muslim women voters and staff at polling booth

Far-right BJP candidate Dharmapuri Arvind heckled Muslim women who came to vote wearing a Niqab (face veil) at a polling booth in Nizamabad, Telangana. 

In a video that went viral, it can be seen that while the women were casting their votes at the polling booth, he went inside and began arguing with them.

Arvind shouted at the staff present there and asked if the Muslim women who came to vote were allowed to vote without comparing their faces and ID cards.

Hindu extremist cow vigilantes beat up truck driver

In Rajnandgaon, Chhattisgarh, Hindu extremist cow vigilantes thrashed a truck driver for transporting cattle. In Ramanujganj, a leader of the Hindu militant group Bajrang Dal threatened violence against alleged “cow smugglers.”

Hindu militant mobs have increasingly been targeting Muslims over baseless accusations of committing crimes. These mobs, also known as cow vigilantes, attack and often lynch Muslims accused of transporting cattle or consuming beef. 

BJP leader Kangana Ranaut calls for turning India into “Hindu nation” at election rally

At an election rally in Mandi, Himachal Pradesh, far-right BJP leader Kangana Ranaut supported calls to turn India into a Hindu nation.

In Dhar, Madhya Pradesh, BJP leader Tejasvi Surya baselessly equated voting for the opposition as voting for Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan. In the capital city of Delhi, BJP leader Kapil Mishra delivered an extremely inflammatory speech against Muslims and Rohingya refugees.

Despite multiple complaints against the anti-Muslim campaign launched by BJP leaders, the federal body regulating elections in India has taken no action.