“India: The Modi Question” to be screened in Australian parliament during Modi visit
The BBC’s documentary about Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s facilitation of anti-Muslim violence throughout India will be screened in the Australian parliament during Modi’s three-day visit to the country.
The screening will be followed by a discussion on Modi’s role in the 2002 anti-Muslim violence in Gujarat state, featuring Aakashi Bhatt, the daughter of jailed whistleblower Sanjiv Bhatt, who offered evidence connecting Modi to the violence.
Australian senators David Shoebridge and Jordon Steele-John will also address the audience.
The screening will be organized by prominent human rights groups, including Amnesty International, Hindus for Human Rights, the Muslim Collective, The Periyar-Ambedkar Thought Circle, The Humanism Project, and The Centre for Culture-Centred Approach to Research and Evaluation.
The BBC documentary remains banned in India for connecting Modi to Hindu militant mobs who murdered, dismembered, and gang-raped around 1,000 Muslims – many of them children – during the Gujarat violence.
Delhi High Court summons BBC in defamation case over documentary
Meanwhile, in India, the BCC has been summoned by the Delhi High Court in a defamation case over its Modi-critical documentary.
A defamation suit was filed by a Gujarat-based NGO, claiming that the BBC “defamed” India, its judiciary, and Prime Minister Modi.
A notice has been issued to both the BBC UK and BBC India, making this incident the latest in a string of attempts to harass the prominent news outlet, including the Modi regime’s raids on the BBC’s India offices shortly after the documentary’s release.
Hindu mob brutally assaults Muslim student, victim in critical condition
A mob of Hindu students brutally assaulted a Muslim student in Uttar Pradesh’s Kanpur city, beating him to the point of unconsciousness and leaving him in critical condition.
The Hindu extremist students, who attended the Kanpur Institute of Technology, filmed their attack on 30-year-old Faiz Ejaz while he was sitting in the school cafeteria with a female friend.
“A final-year student, Swaroopam Tripathi, arrived there along with around six of his friends and beat him up brutally,” the victim’s mother reported. “The attackers also shot a video of the assault and later put it on social media. When Faiz was knocked unconscious, they all fled.”
Ejaz was admitted to a local hospital, where he remains in critical condition.
A police report has been filed against the Hindu extremist students and the local police are searching for them.