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Indian celebs harassed by Hindu supremacists for showing solidarity with Palestinians

Hindu supremacist trolls targeted Indian celebrities with hate messages after they shared social media posts that read “All Eyes on Rafah,” where the Israeli military has been massacring Palestinian children, women, and men. In some cases, celebrities deleted their posts after the barrage of harassment. 

Ritika Sajdeh, wife of the captain of the Indian cricket team Rohit Sharma, deleted her solidarity messages with Palestine after she and her family members were abused online. She was called a “prostitute”, “terrorist sympathizer”, and “anti-Hindu.” She was asked to go to Gaza to join Hamas. 

Some even mocked the solidarity message “All Eyes on Rafah” by embedding images of animals like pigs and defecating dogs in the posts.

Muslims booked for offering prayers on roadside, BJP leader threatens violence

Police in Karnataka’s Mangaluru booked Muslims for offering Friday prayers on the roadside outside of a mosque, alleging that doing so led to traffic congestion. Far-right BJP leader K.S. Eshwarappa demanded the immediate arrest of those who offered prayers and threatened that inaction by the police could lead to violence.

Amid the increasing criminalization of Muslim symbols and practices by the BJP government, Muslims across India face criminal charges for offering prayers in public spaces.

Hindu militant leader says for every one Hindu, 1000 Muslims must be attacked

In BJP-ruled Gujarat’s Valsad, Hindu militant group Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader delivered a dangerous speech against Muslims. “If one Hindu is attacked in one place, hundreds of theirs should be attacked in ten places,” he said. “Just because no riots have happened in the last 10 years doesn’t mean that it won’t happen again. We have to be prepared.”

In Nashik, Maharashtra, Hindu religious preacher Kalicharan Maharaj delivered a dangerous speech against Muslims. He used dehumanizing language, promoted conspiracy theories and justified violence.

Police open fire at alleged “cattle smugglers,” victims sustain bullet wounds

In separate incidents in far-right BJP-ruled Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, police fired gunshots at two alleged “cattle smugglers,” who sustained bullet injuries in their legs. 

The incident is the latest in an ongoing trend of violent attacks against predominantly Muslim cattle traders by law enforcement. Multiple such injuries have occurred on a near-weekly basis due to police firings.