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Hindu Groups Issue 'Warning' to Muslims - DOTO

Hindu Groups Issue 'Warning' to Muslims

With saffron flags in hand and chants of ‘Jai Shri Ram’ reverberating in the air, members of different Hindu right-wing groups marched on the streets of central Delhi on Saturday (July 9). After the disparaging remarks BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma made about the Prophet, the country saw a series of violent protests in different states. Two persons, Kanhaiyalal and Umesh Kolhe, were killed by vigilantes who accused them of supporting Sharma on social media. On Saturday, Hindutva groups from across the national capital assembled in Sharma’s support under the “Sankalp March” banner. Their march started from Mandi House and went till Jantar Mantar, where a stage had been prepared for leaders to give speeches. The call for this march had been given by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad. The VHP national president, along with other leaders of the organisation, were present. Men, women and children danced to the tunes of Hindutva anthems. Songs by popular Hindutva figures like Laxmi Dubey were played, including ‘Ek hi naara ek hi naam Jai Shri Ram Jai Shri Ram’. Most of the people present seemed to be in the 18-25 age group. Some of the slogans used at the rally could be seen as a call to arms, such as “We shall now bear swords if required”. “When we walk out of our holy place, we have prasad and flowers in our hands. When they (a reference to Muslims) walk out of their mosques and madrasas, they have stones and swords,” said Kapil Khanna, Delhi president of the VHP. The march was clear about its purpose – to “issue a warning”. “Today, we have assembled just to give a final warning to the Muslims. If attacks on Hindus happen henceforth, we shall come in huge numbers on the streets and there shall be no more urges for peace,” said Khanna. On the stage, while there were attempts to give provocative anti-Muslim speeches, the leaders who had called for the march appeared to intervene and stop them. However, in bites given to the press, this hesitation was no longer visible. Calling Muslims “freeloaders”, Sant Siyaram Saraswati, also a member of the VHP, told The Wire, “These people are unfaithful to the country. When crores of vaccines were being given, when rations are distributed, these people will be the first in line to grab them. And then go on to damage peace and harmony in the country.” The protest also had members of the Bhartiya Janata Party’s youth wing. The Shahdara district vice-president of the BJP’s Yuva Morcha said, “We are planning some action against these perpetrators. All this while we were quiet, thinking we should not disturb peace, but now we have reached a saturation point.” He went on to say that he felt not just one or two individuals or groups, but the whole community was responsible for the acts of violence. “It is all pre-planned and is always committed in an organised manner. The whole Muslim community knows about it and still does not act against them.” While VHP members claimed that the call for this mass assembly had been given just two days before, local sources said preparations had been on for a while now.

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Source of information News Report Place of incident Other :On Central Delhi Road
Number of victims 0 Identity of victim Muslims
Location of incident Other Was cross FIR filed 0
perpetrator Organizational Right Wing Hindutva Details of the FIR

Investigating agency Victim's lawyer
Role of police Unsatisfactory Current status FIR not filed
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Date of incident: July 09, 2022
Nature of Violence
  • Hate Speech / Slander
  • Threat
  • Causal factors
  • Religious identity
  • Name of the victim : Muslim Community
    Name of Perpetrator VHP and BJP YM Members
    State Delhi
    District/City Central Delhi
    Party In Power / Incidents AAP - Aam Aadmi Party
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