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Islamophobia: Violence against Muslims in India

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By Areesha Qayyum

Violence against Muslims in India has been on the rise in recent years, with a number of high-profile incidents taking place in recent months. In February 2023, a mob of Hindu extremists attacked a Muslim-owned shop in New Delhi, killing the owner and two of his employees. In March 2023, a Muslim man was lynched by a mob of Hindu extremists in Jharkhand state. And in April 2023, a Muslim woman was gang-raped by a group of Hindu men in Uttar Pradesh state.

These are just a few examples of the many acts of violence that Muslims have faced in India in recent years. The violence is often motivated by religious hatred, and it has created a climate of fear and insecurity for Muslims in India.

There are a number of factors that have contributed to the rise in violence against Muslims in India. One factor is the rise of Hindu nationalism in India.This has created an atmosphere of hostility and suspicion towards Muslims, which has made them more vulnerable to violence.

Hindu nationalist groups have been waging a campaign against Muslims, portraying them as a threat to India’s national security and Hindu way of life

Another factor that has contributed to the rise in violence against Muslims is the government’s inaction. The government has often failed to take action against perpetrators of violence against Muslims, and it has even passed laws that discriminate against Muslims. This has emboldened Hindu extremists and made them feel like they can get away with violence against Muslims.

The violence against Muslims in India is a serious problem that needs to be addressed. The government needs to take action to protect Muslims from violence, and it needs to address the root causes of the problem, such as religious intolerance and discrimination.

In addition to the government taking action, there are a number of things that individuals and organizations can do to help stop the violence against Muslims in India. These include:

  • Speaking out against violence against Muslims.
  • Raising awareness about the problem of violence against Muslims.
  • Supporting organizations that are working to protect Muslims from violence.
  •  Donating to organizations that are working to promote peace and understanding between Hindus and Muslims.

By working together, we can create a more just and equitable society where everyone is safe and respected, regardless of their religion.

The writer is a student of BS Journalism studies at Punjab University and can be reached at:[email protected].

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