men being heckled by villagers, accusing the community of spreading
coronavirus. (Photo: The News Minute)
nationwide lockdown due to the COVID-19 threat, attacks on Muslims have
increased in different parts of India in the past few days. Not just Muslim
persons, but mosques and Muslim-run businesses have also been targeted.
in Uttarakhand, a few men threatened Muslim fruit vendors and told them to shut
their shops. According to locals, Hindu vendors weren’t threatened in the same
manner. A video of the incident went viral on social media.
reportedly said that the Muslim fruit vendors could lead to the spread of the
virus and that’s why they were told to go away.
Uttarakhand Police claims that a case has been registered in Nainital and
promised that action will be taken.
to reports, six people have been booked in connection with the incident.
been two confirmed attacks in Haryana so far.
Haryana’s Jind district, a Muslim family was reportedly attacked by their Hindu
neighbours for not switching off their lights during Prime Minister Narendra
Modi’s “9 baje, 9 minute” campaign.
argument between the Muslim family and their Hindu neighbours reportedly took
place on the night of the PM’s campaign on 5 April, after some Hindus began
day, four brothers in the Muslim family – Basheer Khan, Sadiq Khan, Nazeer Khan
and Sandeep Khan – were allegedly attacked by their Hindu neighbours with sharp
weapons. They all suffered head injuries.
One of the
neighbours, Sanjay Kumar, told BBC Hindi that the fight took place because the
Muslim family didn’t “respect PM Modi’s appeal by not switching off their
Pradhan, Ramkesh Kumar, also seemed to side with the Hindus. “The fight could
have been avoided had all the families turned off their lights,” he was quoted
as saying by BBC Hindi.
are said to have been booked for the attack.
attack took place in Haryana on the intervening night of 4 and 5 April. Shots
were fired at a mosque in Dhankot village in Gurugram. No one was injured. A
complaint has been filed by the Imam of the mosque, who was sleeping inside the
building at that time. Empty cartridges were found at the spot but the police
are yet to identify the gunmen.
Minorities Commission has sent a notice to the Delhi Police claiming that a
mosque was attacked in Mukhmelpur village near Alipur in North West Delhi.
to Delhi Minorities Commission chairperson Dr Zafarul Islam Khan, around 200
people attacked the mosque on 3 April. The minorities panel alleged that the
mosque was ransacked and partially burnt.
the Delhi Police has denied any knowledge of the incident.
to a report in The Wire, milk sellers belonging to the Muslim Gujjar community
were beaten up in some Hindu majority villages in Punjab’s Hoshiarpur district.
families of the Muslim Gujjar community in Hajipur and Talwara blocks of
Hoshiarpur district were allegedly beaten by unruly groups in many Hindu
majority villages. The Gujjars had to throw hundreds of litres of milk into
Swan, a rivulet of the Beas river, amidst their social boycott, as they were also
not allowed to leave their mud-house dwellings,” the report said.
Gujjar milk-seller in Himachal Pradesh’s Una district allegedly killed himself
after being subjected to social boycott.
Some of the
most serious communal attacks, in this context, took place in the state of
this week, a video from Bidari village in Bagalkot district went viral in which
a mob can be seen kicking and humiliating Muslims who had gone to fish in the
attackers can be heard saying “You people (Muslims) are the ones who are
spreading this disease (COVID-19).”
incident took place in Kadakorappa village in the same district, where goons
are said to have barged into a mosque and attacked people praying there.
incident, on the night of 5 April, two mosques were reportedly attacked in
Belagavi. According to the police, the mosques were attacked because they had
kept their lights on despite the PM’s appeal to switch them off for nine
minutes at 9 PM on 5 April.
to a report in The News Minute, in both the cases, the attackers barged into
the mosque and demanded that the lights be turned off. The police is said to
have arrested over 20 people in connection with the two incidents.
Karnataka’s capital Bengaluru, Swaraj Abhiyan workers were reportedly attacked
with cricket bats while distributing food to stranded migrant workers
been working with police permission. But today (Monday, 6 April), they (goons)
followed us and hit us with bats. They
didn’t say anything. They hit me on the hand and head,” Syed Tabrez, one of the
workers, told The Quint.
us that we are not allowed to distribute food, that we are all from Nizamuddin.
They said the virus is spreading because of you and that we cannot distribute
the food. There was some trouble there. then the police said we can distribute
the food and supported us,” Tabrez further said, recalling an earlier
confrontation with right wing cadres a few days before the attack.
Abhiyan workers were accused of spitting in the food as well.
Then in 2nd
Kolya in Mangaluru, posters were put up saying, “In the interest of citizens of
2nd Kolya, Kaneertota, no Muslim trader is allowed into the village till the
coronavirus has completely gone away. Signed: All Hindus, 2nd Kolya.”
cognisance of such attacks, Karnataka chief minister BS Yeddiyurappa has warned
against blaming the Muslim community for the virus.
This is not
an exhaustive list but only some of the verified or reported attacks on
Muslims, their businesses and or places of worship in the past few days related
appear that the attacks have increased after several people who attended a
Tablighi Jamaat congregation in Delhi in March, tested positive for the virus.
the World Health Organisation Emergency Programme Director Mike Ryan warned
against religious profiling of COVID-19 cases.
COVID-19 is not anybody’s fault. Every case is a victim. It is very important
that we do not profile the cases on the basis of racial, religious and ethnic
lines,” he said in a press conference on Monday, in response to a question on
inputs from Arun Dev)
Headline: Attacks on Muslims in the Name of COVID-19 Surge Across India