IAMC Weekly News Digest, 15th October 2021
In a Congressional Briefing on Thursday, leading Indian American human rights defenders condemned the Indian government drive to forcibly remove hundreds of thousands of Muslims from their homes in the Indian state of Assam, calling the move a brazen attempt at turning millions of Indian Muslims into non-citizens. The briefing was co-sponsored by a group of 17 human rights and interfaith organizations, including the Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC), Amnesty International USA and Hindus for Human Rights. In the wake of this targeted anti-Muslim discrimination, the speakers of the briefing demanded that the United States designate India as ‘a Country of Particular Concern or CPC’…. India has been recommended by the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) to be placed on the CPC list for two years in a row….
Two madrassa students were beaten black and blue by a Hindu mob in Paldi area of Gujarat’s Ahmedabad district on Sunday night. The victims’ family alleges that they were targeted just for the fact that they were wearing kurta pajama and a skullcap. Umar, 17 and Khizar, 16 are undergoing treatment at a local hospital as they were severely injured. Umar’s hand was twisted and he was repeatedly attacked on his head and he sustained severe injuries. Khizar has got stitches on both hands. The duo were returning home on their scooter. On Vishwakunj Char road, a man named Bhavesh, who was on a scooter with his wife and daughter, took a turn without switching on the indicator. Due to this, Umar and Khizar lost their balance and fell, narrated social activist Salim Hafezi. Instead of realising her husband’s fault, Bhavesh’s wife started beating Umar and Khazir. She created a ruckus, due to which a crowd gathered at the site and seeing their Muslim identity, the mob started beating them mercilessly, Hafezi added….
…. Throughout August, Muslims across India were beaten, lynched, harassed, assaulted, publicly humiliated, forced to chant “Jai Shri Ram” and “Vande Mataram”, accused of ‘mehendi jihad’, ‘bangle jihad’, ‘narcotics jihad’, ‘economic jihad’ and even ‘juice jihad’. From Ajmer to Kanpur, Indore to Delhi, Hindutva groups wielding their majority community status set out to show Muslims their ‘rightful place’ in Indian society. All this has been documented, broadcast and streamed by the mainstream media. But a more insidious form of Hindutva violence against Muslims also prevails in India – economic violence. This manifests in social media propaganda, complete with hashtags, trends and concocted videos, with one single aim: to boycott Muslim-owned and run businesses. Ever since the COVID-19 pandemic began in 2020 and participants of the Tablighi Jamaat began to be vilified on social media, Hindutva supporters on Facebook and Twitter have been exhorting social media users of the Hindu faith to destabilise what they call the ‘halal economy’ of Indian Muslims by transferring their business to Hindu-owned and run businesses instead….