Weekly News Roundup – July 22, 2019


Indian Diaspora Protests Growing Fascism, Hindu Supremacy

The recent increase in cases of mob lynching and hate crimes against minorities across the country has alarmed Indian diaspora living in Europe and the US. On Sunday, the Indian American Muslim Council organized protest demonstration in San Diego, California. A similar protest rally by anti-fascist groups and some of Britain’s key migrant organisations under the banner of South Asia Solidarity Group was organized at the Parliament Square London. The protestors holding ‘Amit Shah Minister of Hate, the world sees your crimes’ and ‘Stop the witch hunt of rights activists, lawyers and journalists!’ placards expressed concern over growing fascism and Hindu supremacy in India.…

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Express investigation: In 40 of 41 Muzaffarnagar riot cases, including murder, all accused are acquitted

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Five prosecution witnesses did a U-turn in court to say they weren’t present when their relatives were murdered – when the FIRs mentioned otherwise. Six prosecution witnesses turned hostile and deposed that police forced them to sign blank papers. Police did not produce murder weapons in court in five cases. The prosecution never cross-examined police on these. In the end, all witnesses turned hostile. These are among the several glaring holes The Indian Express found in the Uttar Pradesh government’s prosecution cases in 10 murder cases filed on the violence that swept through Muzaffarnagar in 2013, killing at least 65 people.… The Indian Express scrutinised court records and testimonies of complainants and witnesses and interviewed officials in the 10 cases of acquittal to find that.… 53 men accused of murder walked free.…

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Minorities, Dalits Most Harassed in Uttar Pradesh: NHRC

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Despite Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath proclaiming to have a “zero-tolerance policy” towards violence on minorities, minors, women and Dalits, a recent reply to an unstarred Lok Sabha question regarding the harassment of minorities and Dalits, including incidents of lynchings during the last three years, revealed that the state of Uttar Pradesh has recorded the highest number of such cases. The minister of state for home affairs, G. Kishan Reddy responded to a question by MP Navaskani seeking information about the instances of harassment and victimisation of minorities and Dalits in the last three years. According to a report in India Today, Reddy’s response revealed that Uttar Pradesh accounted for 43% of the total number of instances registered of harassment against minorities and Dalits.…

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