IAMC Weekly News Digest, 15th January 2021 | IAMC

IAMC Weekly News Digest, 15th January 2021


MP: 8 Months Pregnant Woman Miscarries Following Alleged RSS Attack on Tribal Village, No FIR Even After 2 Weeks 

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An eight months pregnant tribal woman reportedly miscarried after a group of men, allegedly from the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), attacked a tribal village in Madhya Pradesh’s Barwani district in suspicion of religious conversion and kicked her stomach. The incident occurred on December 31 afternoon at Devra village of Thikri tehsil, 50-km away from the district headquarter, when a mob of 25-30 people, armed with sticks attacked the home of a tribal Sardar Vaskale, 35, and thrashed the residents and hurled abuses suspecting conversion to Christianity. However, even after two weeks, the Barwani Police have reportedly refused to file an FIR on the incident despite repeated complaints and dharna by the members of Bhim Army and a tribal outfit, Jai Adivasi Yuva Shakti at Thikri Police Station of the district….

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5 Deaths in Meerut, No FIRs: ‘Eyewitnesses Scared to Come Forward’ 

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…. The five people he (Meerut-based advocate Riyasat Ali) is legally representing are, Asif, Mohsin, Aleem, Shahid and another man called Asif. All five died from bullet injuries in the violent clashes between UP Police and anti-CAA protesters on 20 December. A total of twenty three people had died across UP due to the bloody confrontation…. Unlike other areas of UP where we did ground reports from, like Bijnor and Kanpur where the minority community seemed scared to speak up, in Meerut they were in pain but remained unafraid. Meerut is the first district of UP where applications were moved by various families in court, to get an FIR registered against the policemen…. Aleem’s brother Salahuddin…. said, “We did not go to them as they would take our evidence away from us, also how other innocent people have been jailed in cases, we would also be locked up in jail. The investigation would have then stagnated.”

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Democracy is a Real Threat to White and Hindu Nationalists 

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…after the terrible attack on Capitol Hill, there has been much discussion of the insurrectionists who were spotted carrying Indian flags. While there was a lot of early speculation in the Indian-American social media as to who they might be, it has now been confirmed that they were people explicitly connected with Hindutva ideology. HfHR strongly condemns those Hindu nationalists who were part of a violent attempt to overthrow American democracy. And we deplore the association of the Indian tricolor with the attempted coup…. What we saw in DC earlier this week were the votaries of Hindutva in the US, who, not being satisfied with their support for hate in India, have jumped on the Trump bandwagon of hate in the U.S….

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News

MP: 8 Months Pregnant Woman Miscarries Following Alleged RSS Attack on Tribal Village, No FIR Even After 2 Weeks 

5 Deaths in Meerut, No FIRs: ‘Eyewitnesses Scared to Come Forward’ 

Democracy is a Real Threat to White and Hindu Nationalists 

Indian police ban Christian community from holding religious services 

Infamous for 2002 Communal Riots, Gujarat Still Not A Peaceful State: Report 

Twitter Analysis: Identifying a Pro-BJP Copypasta Influence Operation in India 

Retired army man arrested in UP for espionage, booked under UAPA 

UP cops probe Hindu leader as video shows him call for ‘economic, social boycott of Muslims’ 

Indian Army Captain staged Amshipura encounter for Rs 20 lakh: Police charge sheet 

Former BJP MLA accused of sexually assaulting female student; gets thrashed by victim’s family 


Opinion

India has suffered greatly under mob rule. Now Trump has uleashed it, too. – By Rana Ayyub 

In the Cold and Rain, India’s Farmers Press Their Stand Against Modi – By Mujib Mashal and Karan Deep Singh 

India’s human rights defenders deserve EU support – By Hannah Neumann and Alviina Alametsä 

How Official Investigative Agencies in Gujarat Spied on a Young Architect for ‘Saheb’ – By Ashish Khetan 

In Assam village, BJP MLAs target Muslims in NRC; label them “illegal settlers,” government demolishes homes – By Mahibul Hoque 

The Trials and Tribulations of Being a Muslim in Today’s India – By N.C. Asthana