Rumors on WhatsApp Ignite 2 Mob Attacks in India, Killing 7

ImageRelatives buried Abu Hanif, 16, and Reaz Uddin, 18, two young Muslim men beaten to death by a mob last month over allegations of cow theft. Episodes of mob violence occur regularly in India, typically overlooked except when they are religiously motivated or involve attacks on women.CreditAnupam Nath/Associated Press By Geeta Anand and Suhasini Raj MUMBAI, India — The video, widely circulated on …

Dalit man lynched in Gujarat: How India is grappling with violence

By: Gopi Maniar Vigilantism is flourishing in India, unabated. Mobile footage of civilians beating, kicking, flogging crime suspects, the weak and the vulnerable alike has now become a regular feature on television rundowns. The latest in the series of horrific lynch-attack videos have emerged from prime minister Narendra Modi’s Gujarat. A man is bound by his waist with a rope looped …

Man lynched for cow slaughter in Madhya Pradesh’s Satna; police arrest four, recover ‘beef

Satna: A 45-year-old man was beaten to death and his friend severally thrashed by four people for allegedly slaughtering a cow in Satna district, the police said. The four accused have been arrested, they said. The accused, on getting information that two persons were slaughtering a cow at a forest area in Anjar village, about 70 kilometres from Satna, reached …

Cow Vigilantes Strike Again, Vandalise 30 Muslim Houses in Jharkhand Village

In the last four years dozens of incidents of cow vigilantism have taken place, mostly in the BJP-ruled states. By: Abdul Alim Jafri   Muslim residents of Nawadih village in Koderma district of Jharkhand would have never imagined that attending a wedding reception ceremony will turn out to be an unforgettable experience for them. People allegedly associated with right-wing organisations, such …

India makes U-turn after proposing to punish ‘fake news’ publishers

By Sugam Pokharel and Joshua Berlinger, CNN The government of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, center, faced criticism over the measure. Story highlights The measure was pulled after widespread public backlash Leaders throughout Asia have targeted what they call “fake news” (CNN)The Indian government is shelving a rule to punish journalists for publishing “fake news” just 48 hours after its introduction. The proposed …

Cow-Related Hate Crimes Peaked in 2017, 86% of Those Killed Muslim

Ninety-seven percent of all incidents have occurred over the last three years since the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi assumed power in May 2014. After the recent murder of a dairy trader by cow vigilantes on the Rajasthan-Haryana border, 11 deaths have been reported in 2017, the highest toll from cow-related hate crimes since 2010, from when IndiaSpend’s database records hate crimes. …

Murder of Muslim laborer in Rajasthan sparks outrage among Indian Americans

Murder of Muslim laborer in Rajasthan sparks outrage among Indian Americans Diaspora sees direct connection between cultural of impunity and the reckless, incendiary rhetoric of the Hindutva complex FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 8 2017   The Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC), an advocacy group dedicated to safeguarding India’s pluralist and tolerant ethos today noted the sense of outrage among millions …

The lynching that changed India

By: Abhimanyu Kumar Relatives of Mohammad Akhlaq mourn the day after he was killed by a mob on September 28, 2015 [Reuters] Part 1: ‘Open wounds’ – the lynched Jan Mohammad is worried. It has been two years since his brother, Mohammad Akhlaq, was lynched, and the 18 men who stand accused of killing him have been released on bail. …