Hindu extremist mob lynches 22 year old Muslim, police attempt coverup
In the latest case of brutal anti-Muslim mob violence, members of the Hindu extremist group Bajrang Dal lynched a 22 year old Muslim man to death in Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-ruled Haryana for transporting a cow. Despite video evidence of the extremist group’s involvement in the attack, police have attempted to protect the murderers by claiming that the victim, Waris, died in a car accident.
However, the victim’s family has reported that Hindu supremacists were the ones who chased after Waris and two others, causing their car to crash. In the video of the incident, Hindu supremacists can be seen demanding to know the names of the three visibly injured men, and then proceeding to physically assault them. Waris later succumbed to his injuries and died, making him the latest in a long list of Muslim mob lynching victims.
Activists have responded with outrage on social media, including journalist Zakir Ali Tyagi.
“The police are calling the killing an accident so as to save the people of Bajrang Dal,” he tweeted.
Cow vigilantism, or Hindu mob violence against Muslims who transport or slaughter cows, has becoming dangerously commonplace in Narendra Modi’s India. Despite this alarming spike in violence, the federal government does not collect official statistics on the number of such crimes.
68 people including 21 women declared “foreigners”, sent to “detention center”
Sixty-eight people, including 21 women, have been sent to an inhumane and dangerous “detention center” after falsely being declared “foreigners” by a tribunal in BJP-ruled Assam state.
The Foreigners’ Tribunals (FTs), a quasi-judicial body peculiar to Assam, target Muslim families who have lived in India for centuries by allowing Hindu supremacist authorities to determine whether or not they are illegal immigrants based on flimsy and biased police accusations.
According to data from the government, there were 195 individuals living in detention centers as of September 2022.
Since the publication of the final draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam, tens of thousands of Muslims, mostly Bengali-speaking, have been forced to endure years-long procedures at the FTs, forfeiting work and wages, and undergoing severe emotional upheavals.
Several hundred were declared foreigners and incarcerated in detention camps located in six jails across Assam. Many others whose cases are registered in FTs are yet to be able to prove their citizenship.
BJP lawmakers join massive anti-Muslim hate speech rally in Maharashtra state
Leaders of the Hindu supremacist BJP participated in a massive rally organized by Hindu extremist groups in Maharashtra state.
More than 10,000 Hindu supremacists with saffron flags chanted anti-Muslim slogans, called for a boycott of goods from shops owned by Muslims, and demanded a law against “love jihad” and “religious conversions.” Hundreds of children also participated in the rally.
The Vice President for the BJP Maharashtra Prasad Lad and BJP lawmaker Ashish Shelar were part of the rally along with leaders and workers of notorious Hindu supremacist groups like the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), Bajrang Dal and Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP).
The fact that senior BJP state leaders have begun openly participating in hateful rallies is an indication of the deep radicalization and anti-Muslim hatred comprising the Indian government as a whole.