IAMC Weekly News Digest, 25th June 2021 | IAMC

IAMC Weekly News Digest, 25th June 2021


USCIRF expresses grave concern over Love Jihad law, mosque demolitions, hate speech against minorities in Uttar Pradesh

Photo: The Hindu

Right from the time that the Bharatiya Janata Party came to power in Uttar Pradesh, the state has become another laboratory for Hindutva politics in India. Several discriminatory laws were passed and violence was unleashed upon the minorities. Now with the UP assembly polls approaching, new cases of lynching, mosque demolitions and communal violence is being witnessed across the state…. The Briefing, titled “State Repression on Civil Liberties in Uttar Pradesh,” was attended by policy staff of Members of US Congress and officials from the US Department of State, among others…. “It often results in violence and [abets] efforts to prohibit interfaith marriages using the false narrative of false conversions,” Niala Mohammad, Senior Policy Analyst, USCIRF, said at a Congressional Briefing at Washington, D.C., this week…. That is why, Niala added, USCIRF had recommended that the US Department of State designate India as a Country of Particular Concern (CPC), for “engaging in and tolerating systemic, ongoing and egregious violation of religious freedom,” and “impose targeted sanctions on individuals and entities responsible for severe violations of religious freedom by freezing those individuals’ or entities’ assets and/or barring their entry into the United States.”

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Man beaten by police in public in Salem dies, family demands action

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A 47-year-old farmer, A. Murugesan, of Edayappatti, died on Wednesday, after being indiscriminately beaten with a lathi by a policeman in public, at the Pappinaickenpatti check-post under the Yethapur police station limits in Salem district on Tuesday evening…. A video clip of the brutal attack, widely shared on mobile messaging platforms and social media on Wednesday, showed the police beating the farmer, though his friends pleaded with them to let him go. The policeman stopped the lathi blows only after Murugesan fell unconscious. The video was shot by a villager accompanying Murugesan and it also showed Murugesan pleading with the policeman who continued to attack him with a lathi. Three policemen on duty were mere spectators when the incident took place….

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Three Lynched In Tripura On Suspicion Of Cattle Theft: Police

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Three men were allegedly lynched to death in the Khowai district of Tripura on suspicion of cattle theft in the early hours of Sunday, police said. Those killed were identified as Jayed Hossain (30), Billal Miah (28) and Saiful Islam (18), all residents of Sonamura subdivision in the Sepahijala district. Villagers of Namanjoypara spotted a mini-truck heading towards Agartala, carrying five cattle, around 4.30 am, Superintendent of Police Kiran Kumar said. They chased it and managed to stop the vehicle near North Maharanipur village, he said. The villagers started thrashing the three people on the mini-truck with “lethal weapons”, and lynched two of them, while the other managed to flee, he said. The mob got hold of the other person at Mungiakami, a tribal hamlet near North Maharanipur, and he was lynched there, the officer added….

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News

USCIRF expresses grave concern over Love Jihad law, mosque demolitions, hate speech against minorities in Uttar Pradesh

IT Rules Flout Intl Human Rights Norms, Says UN Experts; ‘Misplaced Concern,’ Says India

Man beaten by police in public in Salem dies, family demands action

Three Lynched In Tripura On Suspicion Of Cattle Theft: Police

On Centre’s Request, Twitter Blocks at Least 50 Posts Related to Ghaziabad Attack

BJP-run states 250% more prone to internet shutdown, finds new study

‘Time to Reclaim Ghazipur Border’: Thousands of Farmers Begin Tractor March from West UP

Bajrang Dal Supporters Storm Mosque-Madrassa in Haridwar

Land sold to Ram temple trust by BJP mayor’s kin is owned by government, inquiry finds

Human Rights Body Issues Notice To UP Government Over Chaining Of Elderly Prisoner To Hospital Bed

Opinion

Thanks to Modi, India Had a ‘State Orchestrated Covid Massacre’ – By Veda Shastri, Adam B. Ellick and Gabe Johnson

Five Questions on the Shameful Proceedings Against Natasha Narwal, Devangana Kalita, Asif Iqbal – By Madan B. Lokur

India economy: Seven years of Modi in seven charts – By Nikhil Inamdar and Aparna Alluri

Modi’s Godi – By Anita Joshua (Jun 20, 2021, The Telegraph)

College draft syllabus: Messing with history – By Ziya Us Salam

Mind Migration: Assam’s easy transition from ethnonationalism to Hindutva – By Praveen Donthi