Muslim man lynched by mob celebrating Hindu festival
A 25-year-old Muslim man, Irshad Mohammad, was brutally assaulted and lynched by a Hindu extremist mob celebrating a Hindu religious festival in far-right Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-ruled Uttar Pradesh state. He was attacked after his bike accidentally hit a participant of the celebration.
Imam harassed by Hindu extremist mob shouting ‘Jai Sri Ram’ in Mumbai
In Maharashtra state’s Mumbai city, a Muslim cleric, Mohammad Sharafat Khan, was harassed and nearly assaulted by a mob of over 20 Hindu extremists while he was on his way to pick up his daughter for a doctor appointment. He reported that the mob attempted to physically attack him while shouting anti-Muslim slurs and the Hindu supremacist warcry “Jai Sri Ram” (Glory to Ram).
Though Khan tried to file a police report, no action was taken, and he continues to face extensive Hindu extremist harassment targeting the mosque and madrasa he runs.
Uttar Pradesh government forces Islamic seminaries to pay 120 USD each day or close down
The far-right BJP government of Uttar Pradesh has mandated the closure of around 8,000 madrassas (Islamic seminaries) within the state, along with the imposition of a daily fine of 10,000 rupees (120 USD) for non-compliance. The government has accused some of these madrasas of receiving foreign funds, a claim vehemently denied by Muslim groups. Muslim leaders have said the move is intended to harass and target the Muslim community.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister says Modi government laid the foundation for a Hindu nation
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and Hindu supremacist icon Yogi Adityanath has praised the welfare schemes of the far-right BJP government led by Hindu supremacist Prime Minister Narendra Modi as being the bedrock of “Ram Rajya” (Nation of Hindu deity Ram), and heralded the consecration of the Ram temple in Ayodhya, at the site where the Babri mosque once stood, before it was demolished by Hindu extremists in 1992.
His rhetoric echoes calls by Hindu supremacists who have been demanding that India drop its secular foundations in favor of a Hindu ethno-state.