Police, BJP lawmakers stop Azaan in Rajasthan mosque - IAMC

Police, BJP lawmakers stop call to prayer in Rajasthan mosque

In far-right Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-ruled Rajasthan’s Jaipur, police and lawmakers barged into a mosque during morning prayers and stopped the azaan (Muslim call to prayer), which was being recited through a loudspeaker.

Similar situations have been faced by Muslims in states where the use of loudspeakers specifically for mosques has been criminalized by Hindu extremist politicians. In BJP-ruled Madhya Pradesh, newly appointed Chief Minister Mohan Yadav declared a ban on the use of loudspeakers that exceed “permissible decibel limits,” implicitly targeting mosques. 

Hindu extremist group calls for ban on Halal-certified products in Chhattisgarh

Weeks after the BJP won state elections in Chattisgarh, the extremist group Hindu Janajagruti Samiti launched a campaign to ban halal-certified products in the state.

The move follows an arbitrary statewide ban of halal products in BJP-ruled Uttar Pradesh state, leading to raids and seizure of goods with halal certification labels on them. 

Hindu extremist leaders spread anti-Muslim hate conspiracy theories across states

During a hate speech event in Nagaur, Rajasthan, Hindu militant group Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leader peddled conspiracy theories to promote hate and fear towards Muslims. In Sehore, Madhya Pradesh, leaders from Hindu militant groups VHP and Bajrang Dal delivered inflammatory speeches against Muslims, calling for “revenge.” 

At a Bajrang Dal event in Khamgaon, Maharashtra, a Hindu supremacist speaker used conspiracy theories to target Muslims. In Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, a VHP leader used offensive language and weaponized history to target Muslims.