Six months after murder of Muslim man by Hindu extremists, his brother attacked
Just six months after a Hindu supremacist mob lynched and hacked to death Mohammed Fazil, a young Muslim man living in BJP-ruled Karnataka state, another group of Hindu supremacists violently assaulted his brother on Wednesday.
The victim – Adil – was beaten up by three people. While two have been arrested, the third one is on the run.
Just a week ago, the leader of the violent Hindu supremacist organization, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), Sharan Pumpwell admitted that the organization was responsible for the brutal mob lynching of 23-year-old Mohammed Fazil.
As Hindu extremism continues to grow in popularity, violent attacks, and mob lynchings against Muslims have grown disturbingly common.
Supreme Court slams plea seeking complete ban on BBC for its exposé on Modi
The Supreme Court dismissed a plea by a Hindu supremacist organization, the Hindu Sena, seeking a complete ban on the BBC for releasing a documentary that exposes Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s role in the bloody anti-Muslim massacre in Gujurat in 2002.
Justices Sanjiv Khanna and MM Sundresh slammed the plea as “completely misconceived,” adding that the court cannot impose censorship.
“India’s overall growth has picked up momentum since 2014 under the prime ministership of Narendra Modi,” the petitioners claimed. “[This] is not being digested by the anti-India lobby, media, particularly BBC. Therefore, the BBC has been biased against India and the Indian government.”
“Completely misconceived, how can this be argued also?” the bench asked in turn. “You want us to put complete censorship…What is this?”
After the BBC aired a two-part documentary entitled “India: The Modi Question” on January 17, the Indian government used its emergency powers to ban the film from being aired in the country. Modi’s government also forced Twitter and YouTube to block the documentary in India using draconian laws.
The documentary states that a team sent by the UK government to inquire into the 2002 massacre, in which nearly 2,000 Muslims were killed, found that Modi, who was then the state’s chief minister, had prevented the police from stopping violence targeted at Muslims and was “directly responsible for a climate of impunity” that led to the violence.
Court allows Hindu supremacists to appeal for probe of historic mosque in Lucknow
A court in Hindu supremacist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-ruled Uttar Pradesh state ruled in favor of a demand made by Hindu extremists, allowing them to target and seek Hindu control over the historic Teele Wali mosque in Lucknow city by conducting a survey. Similar surveys have been ordered on mosques across India by Hindu supremacists seeking “proof” that the mosques were built on the ruins of Hindu temples.
In this case, the extremists baselessly claimed that the mosque was once a temple constructed by the Hindu deity Lakshman.
In accepting the extremists’ petition, the court also trampled over the rights of the historic mosque’s management, who had filed a plea to protect the mosque from being probed.
Hindu supremacists across India have enjoyed the support of the courts in their demands for surveys of historic mosques. In Uttar Pradesh’s Gyanvapi mosque, Hindu supremacists who ludicrously claimed that the mosque’s ablution fountain was a representation of the Hindu deity Shiva were allowed to seal off the fountain from Muslim use.
The historic Shahi Idgah mosque has also been a target of Hindu supremacists in Uttar Pradesh, who have been demanding for years that the mosque be demolished to make way for a Hindu temple.