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Muslims assaulted, forced to say “Jai Sri Ram” by mobs celebrating Ram Temple inauguration

Muslims across India have reported physical and verbal harassment by Hindu mobs celebrating the recent consecration of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya city, which was built on the site where the historic Babri Mosque was demolished by Hindu militants in 1992. 

In Maharashtra’s Mumbai, Muslim women were harassed by a Hindu extremist mob chanting “Jai Shri Ram,” a Hindu extremist warcry that is commonly associated with mob lynchings. The police reportedly took no action. Another mob in Mumbai beat a Muslim man and forced him to chant “Jai Shri Ram.” Extremist mobs also vandalized Muslim-owned shops and looted over $2,000 USD.

Muslim graveyards, homes, shops, mosques attacked by Hindu mobs nationwide

Hindu mobs have attacked Muslim graveyards, neighborhoods, and mosques in the name of celebrating the Ram Temple. In Telangana state, a Hindu extremist mob with saffron flags harassed Muslims by dancing in front of a mosque. They also burnt down a Muslim man’s shop while chanting “Jai Sri Ram” and “Mullah (Muslim) go to Pakistan.”

Hindu extremist groups in the capital city of Delhi raised anti-Muslim slogans, vandalized buildings in a Muslim-majority locality, and engaged in scuffles with residents. In Bihar, a rally celebrating the inauguration of the Ram temple set a Muslim graveyard on fire. In Uttar Pradesh, three Hindu men climbed onto the roof of an Uttar Pradesh mosque and replaced its green flag with a saffron one. 

Following clashes sparked by Hindu mobs in Maharashtra state, several Muslim-owned homes and shops were bulldozed as a form of collective punishment. 

Hindu extremists barge into campus, attack students, burn banners of Babri mosque

A group of over a dozen Hindu extremist men barged onto the campus of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) in Maharashtra state and physically attacked three students, including one woman, in the presence of over a dozen security guards. 

The mob also set fire to a banner that bore the message “Remember Babri, death of constitution” while chanting “Jai Shri Ram,” and vandalized a wall displaying photos in remembrance of the demolished Babri mosque. 

Hindu militants disrupt documentary screening on Babri mosque demolition, issue death threats

Members of the violent Hindu paramilitary group Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) disrupted a public screening of the 1992 documentary “Ram Ke Naam” in Kerala state. The militants harassed and gave death threats to those gathered at the venue. One of the men sexually harassed students by purposefully revealing his underwear. 

The film details the campaign by Hindu supremacist groups and political actors to illegally demolish the Babri Mosque and spark anti-Muslim violence across India.

Hindu extremist leaders call for replacing mosques with temples, violence against Muslims

In BJP-ruled Uttar Pradesh’s Ayodhya, where the consecration of the Ram temple on the site of the demolished Babri mosque took place, Hindu supremacist TV personality Suresh Chavhanke called for building temples by replacing 400,000 mosques. 

In Ghazipur, Hindu supremacist leader Pravin Togadia delivered a speech advocating for anti-Muslim violence. He further promised to build and take over two major historic mosques, the Shahi Eidgah and Gyanvapi Masjid, in Mathura and Varanasi cities. 

In Alwar, Haryana, a Hindu extremist group’s Ram Temple celebration rally featured inflammatory songs calling for brutal violence against “those who slaughter cattle,” referring to Muslims.