Jameel Choudhary, president, Dodhi Gujjar Community in Jammu, told this newspaper that some sections of society in the three districts have been boycotting milk and milk products being supplied by the community in the region, suspecting them to be coronavirus carriers. The Gujjars, he said, meet over 50 per cent milk demand of the three districts. Choudhary said malicious propaganda and hate is being spread that Gujjars are carriers of Covid-19. “This is despite that no community members has tested positive for coronavirus, so far,” he said.
“This country runs on perceptions created by electronic media. And we have become its latest victims. Some elements in Jammu want to hurt us financially and started a campaign that all Muslims especially Gujjars are coronavirus carriers. Many people stopped buying milk from us,” says Jameel Choudhary, president of Dodhi Gujjar Association in Jammu to Economic Times. He himself runs a dairy farm and has suffered huge losses in past few weeks.
These Muslim Gujjars have decided not to “cave-in” to the “malicious hate propaganda” against them and instead supply milk free at quarantine centres in Samba, Jammu and Kathua districts.