The World Must Pay Attention to the Violence Against Muslims in India – By Apoorvanand
Recent incidents in Indore and Ajmer explain why it is urgent for the world to turn its attention to the state of minorities, especially Muslims, in India. First Indore: a Muslim bangle seller is attacked and beaten up, his belongings and money looted. A video of the assault goes viral. Muslims protest, peacefully and vigorously. The community leaders succeed in forcing the police to register an FIR against the assailants, who are identifiable in the video, and make some arrests….
Then, the case is turned on its head. The law and order machinery starts working. An FIR is slapped on the bangle seller invoking POCSO, a very serious offence, and seven sections of the Indian Penal Code. The home minister of Madhya Pradesh goes on record accusing the bangle seller of impersonating a Hindu and molesting a girl. He rationalises the attack by calling it an act by the locals who were outraged when they learnt about the girl’s alleged molestation.
But this is a lie, an afterthought. Because in the video you do not hear the attackers saying anything about this. They are only citing his Muslim identity as a cause for their anger. After the incident, though, you needed to find a reason for this violence….