Weekly News Roundup – June 17, 2019


Muslim Youth Brutally Attacked by Mob in Delhi’s Jaitpur, Rescued by Hindu Friend’s Relatives

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In the last week of May, just within five days of BJP winning a landslide mandate in the general elections and three days of PM Modi’s speech in the Parliament’s Central Hall urging his leaders to win confidence of Muslims, a youth in Delhi’s Jaitpur was threatened, abused with communal slurs and beaten badly by a mob for allegedly being a Muslim. However, the hate crime left a streak of silver lining. He was rescued by the relatives of his Hindu friend who reached just in time to save him. On May 28, Mohammad Sajid, a resident of Jaitpur Extension Part 2, who works as a salesman in the same area, was returning home from the shop with his friend Gaurav. When the two youth reached near the Gurudwara of Jaitpur, they were waylaid by a large group of youths who attacked both Sajid and Gaurav. While Gaurav, somehow managed to escape, Sajid was caught and brutally assaulted by the miscreants. After knowing the fact that Sajid is a Muslim, they violently beaten him.…

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US wants India to swiftly condemn acts of religious violence: Official

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The Trump administration wants the Indian government to swiftly condemn the acts of violence based on religion and hold the perpetrators accountable, a top official told lawmakers here, underlining that this will help boost India’s security and economic interests and strengthen India-US ties. In its engagements with India, the Trump administration will continue to highlight the importance of preserving a diverse and inclusive society, Alice G Wells, Senior Bureau Official for South and Central Asian Affairs told the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee for Asia, the Pacific and Nonproliferation in a prepared statement on Wednesday.…

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HATE, THREAT & VIOLENCE: Modi Victory Emboldens Right-wing Goons

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Soon after the Narendra Modi-led BJP secured an emphatic victory in the parliamentary election, reports about targeting of Muslims and dalits started trickling in from various parts of the country. The second consecutive win for the BJP, riding on a narrative built around communal nationalist jingoism, has emboldened right-wing goons and vigilantes. Mohammed Barkat Alam experienced it first-hand in Gurgaon. On May 25, two days after the Lok Sabha election results were declared, a group of men accosted Alam when he was returning from a mosque after evening prayers. He was assaulted and asked to remove his skull cap and chant Jai Shri Ram.…

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