Muslims Denied Work in Village in UP

Various incidents of social boycott against muslims have arisen in the village of Shiv Gunj in Kanpur. Rumours have been manufactured that the muslim inhabitants of the area are carriers of the Novel Coronavirus and are denied both services and opportunities of employment by the villagers. Mohammed Iqbal was shooed away from a barber who was offering services to other people on the grounds that he was a muslim and would infect others. While Hindu labourers from the same village were able to get work in agricultural fields, muslim labourers were not. Muslims were also denied access to the public toilet situated in the village, which forced even women to go to the jungle and fields for the purpose, as reported by Ibrahim Baba. Many from Ibrahim’s community wish to work as agricultural or daily-wage labourers in the village to earn their livelihood, but are not able to, “I want to feed my family well but nobody is giving us work. They say all Muslims have Corona so we can’t be employed,” said Ibrahim.

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Source of information News Report Place of incident Village
Number of victims 3 Identity of victim Muslims
Location of incident Village Was cross FIR filed Not Applicable
perpetrator Organizational Unknown Details of the FIR

Investigating agency Victim's lawyer
Role of police Need confirmation :The police have not been approached as of yet in regard to the current situation Current status Not known :The victims have been facing the discrimination by their fellow villagers and have not reported the same to any local authority
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Main Information
Date of incident: May 14, 2020
Nature of Violence
  • Denial of access to public spaces/institutions
  • Discrimination in Employment
  • Harassment
  • Social boycott
  • Causal factors
  • Religious identity
  • Name of the victim : Ibrahim Baba, Mohammed Iqbal
    Name of Perpetrator
    State Uttar Pradesh
    District/City Kanpur
    Party In Power / Incidents BJP - Bharatiya Janata Party
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