Weekly News Roundup – March 20, 2020

Victims of rioting in India are bashed by the police and courts, too

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Last month a judge in Mangaluru, in the southern state of Karnataka, did something increasingly unusual in an Indian court.… There appeared to have been “a deliberate attempt to cover up police excesses”, he concluded. Two weeks later, in much more typical fashion, the Supreme Court struck down the ruling, sending the men back to prison. Since the Hindu nationalist government of Narendra Modi changed the laws on citizenship in a way that discriminated against Muslims, at least 80 people have died in related protests, including 53 in riots that engulfed parts of Delhi …. And although it is Muslims, both protesters and bystanders, who have borne the brunt of the violence and vandalism, the government, the agencies of the state and much of the press have persisted in blaming the victims.…

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NGOs, students write to UN on anti-Muslim violence in India

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In a letter to UN Human Rights Council chief Michelle Bachelet, a large of number of citizens, students, and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) have denounced the anti-Muslim cruelty in India, urging the international body to take urgent action to stop the brutalities.… In their letter, according to Fars, the Iranian signatories said, “We hope and request that through effective and serious actions by the United Nations Human Rights Council, the main purpose of this letter, which is to help achieve a peaceful life for the people of India with different religions and ethnicities, will be fulfilled and it also becomes a positive role model for others.”…

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Coimbatore police arrest 2 Sangh parivar members for hurling petrol bomb at mosque

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The Coimbatore police have arrested two men – a Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) member and a BJP member – for hurling a petrol bomb at a mosque in Ganapathy on March 5. The incident took place around 1 am on March 5, when miscreants had hurled petrol bombs at the front gate of Hidayathul Sunnath Jamath Mosque at Vedhambal Nagar near Ganapathy in Coimbatore.… Following a complaint from the Secretary of the Jama’ath, the police had formed three separate teams to nab the miscreants. Based on tip-offs, the police detained BJP member Pandi (41) and VHP member Akhil (23), both from Rathnapuri in Coimbatore for inquiry.…

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Communal Harmony

Two Weeks After Mosque Attack, Dwarka Hindus Say ‘We Love Muslims’

The Empowered Women Of Savda-Ghevra Were The Real ‘Shantidoots’ During The Delhi Violence

News

Opposition Blames Government for New Delhi Rioting That Killed 52
Victims of rioting in India are bashed by the police and courts, too
History repeats itself, first time as evil, second time as evil: UP, Nazi Germany
NGOs, students write to UN on anti-Muslim violence in India
Motion against India’s divisive Citizenship Amendment Act moved in New Westminster

Two Congress workers booked for putting up posters on U.P. CM’s “criminal record”

“Everyone has been Silenced”: a comprehensive report on UP violence and its aftermath
Coimbatore police arrest 2 Sangh parivar members for hurling petrol bomb at mosque
Walk the Talk Mr HM, strike down rule that allows Indians to be declared ‘doubtful citizens’
Former J&K Governor Drops Bombshell, Says He Was Told That 1000 People Might Be Killed If Article 370 Is Revoked

Opinion

How Delhi’s Police Turned Against Muslims – By Jeffrey Gettleman, Sameer Yasir, Suhasini Raj, Hari Kumar and Atul Loke
Democracy is dying in India, and Trump shouldn’t be on Modi’s side – By Akanksha Singh
DelhiRiots: ‘We know who attacked us’ – By SanjayKapoor

Cultural Malware: The rise of India’s RSS – By Pieter Friedrich

Thelion inside the sedition circus – By SugataSrinivasaraju

Democracy in decline around the world – By The Editorial Board

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