Weekly News Roundup – May 22, 2020


UN official says concerned over ”hate speech and discrimination” against minorities in India

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Highlighting India’s long-standing history of promoting inclusive and peaceful societies, a top UN official on Tuesday voiced concern over incidents of “increased hate speech and discrimination” against minority communities in the country following the adoption of the Citizenship Amendment Act.… Dieng encouraged the Government of India to “continue to abide by this guidance by ensuring that national laws and policies follow international standards related to non-discrimination and to address and counter the rise of hate speech through messages of inclusion, respect for diversity and unity.”…

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A Tale of Harevali Village in India’s National Capital and Forced Conversion of Its Muslims to Hindu Religion

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This non-descript village… came into limelight after a 22-year-old Dilshad was badly beaten up by a few local youths on April 5… for he was suspected to be a carrier of coronavirus as he had returned from a congregation of Tablighi Jamaat… After Dilshad was tortured by the Jats and Brahmin youths on April 5, the senior male members of all the 12 Muslim families were called by the village Hindu leaders to the village square in the afternoon. All of them were first abused and beaten up with sticks. An old Muslim woman was also beaten up and pushed to the ground when she objected.…”The next thing they did was that they put drops of “gau mutra”(cow urine) on our palms and asked us to sip it in front of the entire village. They told us that we have all become Hindus now. You are now converted from Islam to Hinduism”… “The villagers also told us that you can live here only as Hindus otherwise you will have to quit the village”…

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Madhya Pradesh Police Apologise for Beating Lawyer, ‘We Thought You Were Muslim,’ They Say

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…On March 23, a lawyer Deepak Bundele was beaten up brutally by the state police while he was on his way to a government hospital for treatment. A month later, he is under pressure from the police to withdraw his complaint. Police officials, in their defence, told Bundele that he was beaten up because they had wrongly identified him as a Muslim man.… Since then, he alleged, police have been trying really hard to get him to withdraw the complaint.… However, Bundele didn’t budge.… An FIR against this case has still not been registered, Bundele said. “I was struck by the way the police officials apologised. Even if I was a Muslim, what gives the police the right to assault them without any cause,” he said. The Wire sent a request to the Betul SP for a comment, but he has not replied.…

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Communal Harmony

Migrant worker’s health deteriorates on way home, his friend sticks with him till end

UP: Seeing his disabled friend struggle with tricycle, man pushes it for 5 days, 350km

Food, milk, sanitary pads: Jamaat-e-Islami Hind turns saviour for migrants passing through Bhopal

News

UN official says concerned over ”hate speech and discrimination” against minorities in India

U.S. envoy calls out COVID-19 related harassment of minorities in India

Anti-Muslim sentiments by some Indians abroad costing them their jobs

Starving migrants head back to villages as unrest grows in India amid lockdown

A Tale of Harevali Village in India’s National Capital and Forced Conversion of Its Muslims to Hindu Religion

Madhya Pradesh Police Apologise for Beating Lawyer, ‘We Thought You Were Muslim,’ They Say

West Bengal: Two BJP MPs booked for inciting violence in Hooghly

India Faces a Major Economic Catastrophe, PMO Can’t Handle By Itself, Says Raghuram Rajan

Modi’s plan to rebuild India’s parliament draws fierce criticism

Five-year-old Dalit girl dies of alleged starvation in Jharkhand’s Latehar

Opinion

In India, the otherization of Muslims mines citizenship at the foundations: of exclusion, excesses and abdication – By Aiman Khan and Madhur Bharatiya

As Supreme Court fails to protect migrant workers’ rights, High Courts show the way – By Sruthisagar Yamunan

Rescripting north-east Delhi riots – and the question of justice – By Vikas Kumar and Radhika Chitkara

Modi’s ‘Stimulus Package’ is a Gigantic Confidence Trick Played on the People of India – By Prem Shankar Jha

Licensed to beat, abuse and kill – By M.P. Nathanael

In this time of COVID-19, Kashmir endures a ‘double lockdown’ over India’s warmongering – By Asad Majeed Khan

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