Hindu Extremists Seek Ban On Muslims Entering Historic Mosque, File For Mosque To Lose Protection
As Hindu supremacists continue to demand control over the historic Gyanvapi mosque in Uttar Pradesh state, a Hindu extremist group has now filed a court plea seeking to ban all Muslims from the mosque. The extremist group further demanded that Hindus be allowed to worship inside, effectively converting it into a temple.
Hindu extremists have also submitted a plea to the Supreme Court demanding that Gyanvapi mosque lose its protection under the Places of Worship Act, which prohibits the conversion of the religious character of a place of worship from what it was on India’s first Independence Day.
The plea, which itself used hateful language, claimed that the “retrospective cutoff date was fixed August 15, 1947, to legalise the illegal acts of barbaric invaders… It is submitted that Hindus, Jains, Buddhists, Sikhs have the right to profess, practice [and] propagate religion as provided in their religious scriptures.”
If the court rules in favor of the Hindu extremists, it will set a harrowing precedent and could lead to historic mosques throughout India being violently demolished.
Karnataka Police Launch Dangerous ‘Anti-Bangladeshi’ Drive Against Bengali Muslims
In a dangerous new initiative, police in Karnataka state have launched a discriminatory drive to identify and extradite undocumented Bangladeshi migrants in Bengaluru city. It is virtually impossible to distinguish between a Bangladeshi migrant and an Indian Bengali, leading police to inflict vicious discrimination on any Bengali-speaking Muslims in the city.
Bengali-speaking Muslims have reported being rounded up while police resorted to unprovoked violence and segregated suspects based on religion. Police also drove Bengali Muslims out of their homes despite them showing their ID cards and proving their Indian citizenship.
“Around two dozen policemen suddenly barged into our camp and attacked us with batons on Saturday (May 21). It was around 4 pm and we had just finished our day’s work when they came and started roughing us up. They wanted us to pack-up and leave immediately,” said Tubar Seikh.
Male police officers further frisked the women in the Bengali-majority settlement. They have also encouraged discrimination, telling locals not to hire Bengali Muslims.
“The police came and tried to chase them away last weekend. They warned me that I should not employ Bengali Muslims as they could be Bangladeshi,” said Anand Reddy, a business owner.
Hindu Extremists Launch Attack On Sanctity Of Qutub Minar Monument
Hindu extremists are now attempting to violate the historic Qutub Minar monument, which was built over 800 years ago by Delhi’s first Muslim ruler. A plea was submitted to the Delhi High court claiming that the Quwwat-Ul-Islam mosque located in the monument was built in place of a temple and contains Hindu idols inside.
The plaintiff, lawyer Hari Shankar Jain, further demanded that the mosque be converted into a temple and be opened for Hindu worship.
However, India’s Archeological Survey stated that while Hindu sculptures may exist in the complex, a fundamental right to worship cannot be claimed, as the Qutub Minar is a protected monument.
West Bengal Chief Minister Compares BJP To Hitler, Bangladesh Minister Demands Protection For Indian Minorities
India’s Hindu extremist Bharatiya Janata Party (bjp) government continues to face international criticism for its despicable treatment of minorities. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee slammed the BJP for stripping the autonomy of central investigative agencies and “bulldozing” India’s federal structure.
“I am sorry to say this but even Hitler, Stalin and Mussolini did not do this,” she said.
Bangladesh Education Minister Dipu Moni also called upon the Indian government to return to protect the rights of India’s religious minorities during a meeting in Karnataka state.
“For India to emerge as one of the respected global powers, it has to realize the dreams of the founding fathers as enunciated in the Constitution,” Moni said. “Unbiased application of the provisions of the Constitution on freedom of religion and freedom to manage religious affairs can strengthen communal harmony and sustain peace.”