Weekly News Roundup – Aug 4, 2019

Muslim teenager set on fire in India ‘after refusing to chant Hindu slogan’

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A Muslim teenager has claimed he was set on fire by a gang after he refused to chant a Hindu slogan in the Chandauli district of Uttar Pradesh, India. The 15-year-old boy said he was kidnapped by four men who poured kerosene on him and set him alight after telling him to chant “Jai Shri Ram”, Outlook India reports. The Indian magazine said the boy was left in a critical condition with 60 per cent burns over his body.…

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‘Complete Charade’: Activists, Civil Society Groups Condemn Triple Talaq Bill

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Several activists, including those specifically devoted to women’s rights, have released a statement condemning the government’s attempts to “criminalise Muslim men in the guise of protecting Muslim women” through the Triple Talaq Bill which was passed on Tuesday in the Rajya Sabha. Questioning why the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights of Marriage) Bill, 2019, was not sent to a parliamentary committee but instead passed in “great haste,” the signatories vowed to petition President Ram Nath Kovind to not sign it into a law.…” You cannot pretend to save Muslim women, while seeking to bring the Muslim community to its knees,” the statement read.…

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BJP MP’s Claim about “Illegal Mosques on Govt. Land” Completely False, Says Delhi Minorities Commission

Delhi Minorities Commission released its fact-finding report on allegations about mushrooming of mosques on govt land in Delhi on August 1, 2019

The Delhi Minorities Commission on Thursday, while releasing its fact-finding report, said the claims by some BJP Members of Parliament that “Mosques are mushrooming on government land in Delhi” are completely false.…During the field visits, the fact-finding team found that Muslim Waqf properties have been mismanaged and encroached upon by non-government and government institutions, individuals and groups resulting in scarcity of space for places of worship and burial for Muslims. While visiting various Masjids, the committee saw umpteen numbers of Mandirs cropping up on the pavements, inside the public parks, under a tree and even illegally occupying various roads. A very interesting phenomenon came to the fore was that of ‘broken idols’ (Khandit Murtiyan) becoming Mandirs.…

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