We received an interesting reply to one of our articles yesterday. When we reported about the Muslim preacher Mohammad Umar Gautam, who has been arrested by the Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terror Squad for running a religious conversion outlet, one Twitter user claimed, “They are already lynching Muslims on streets with impunity, don’t make their situation worse.”
We found it incongruous that in a country where a Muslim preacher, supported by politicians and industrialists, openly holds congregations to convert non-Muslims to Islam, Muslims are being lynched on the streets, and that, too, with impunity. But we believe in giving a fair chance to all claims and so did some research, and this is what we found.
In 2017, a Muslim man, Pehlu Khan, was attacked under the suspicion of cow theft, and succumbed to his injuries. The incident got immediate judicial attention; the accused were detained by the police and then-Home Minister Rajnath Singh assured justice. Crimes cannot be obliterated from a country of over 1.3 billion. But to contend that the crime against the Muslim was committed with impunity is a shameless stretch of the truth in order to claim eternal victimhood.
This is the dear and treasured victimhood status that many Muslims have been unremittingly exploiting throughout Narendra Modi’s tenure as Prime Minister. Nurturing their deep-seated hatred for Hindus, they have now prefixed their favorite hyperbolic claim, “lynched for being a Muslim” with “forced to chant Jai Shree Ram,” in order to satiate their occasional cravings for affronting Hindu sentiments.
We have previously detailed how, earlier this month, the Muslim intelligentsia, comprising Muslim media personalities, politicians and political influencers, distorted the Muslim-on-Muslim violence in Uttar Pradesh’s Ghaziabad into an assault on a Muslim by Hindu extremists. This venomous cabal has mastered the art of coming up with false and deceptive claims of “hate crimes” every time a Muslim is victimized, regardless of the faith of his offender or the cause of the attack. Hinduphobic media houses and assorted websites have repeatedly latched onto such stories, ensuring they reach every corner of the world, but have done nothing to negate the impact of the misinformation after investigations revealed these to be warped narratives and that no hate crime was involved.
Thief dies of cardiac arrest in police custody, Hindus blamed
Back in June 2019, Tabrez Ansari, a 22-year-old thief from the Muslim community, was caught by the locals of Dhatkidih village in Jharkhand when he was out engaging in his “business.” He was tied up by the villagers and beaten before being handed over to the police alive. Ansari confessed to the police that he had indeed scaled up walls of the village houses in order to steal what he could. The police provided him with first aid, took him for a medical check-up, and submitted reports at the court. Tabrez Ansari was then taken to jail and spent three days in custody before succumbing to cardiac arrest. While Islamic apologists accused Hindus of causing Ansari to suffer a brain hemorrhage, the autopsy confirmed that the reason for his death was cardiac arrest, and that the hemorrhage was not fatal. Pro-Muslim woke activists may assert that it was a stress-induced heart attack, but that stress was not gratuitously inflicted; one must not embark upon adventurous career choices that land one in prison.
While Tabrez Ansari did not die of lynching, his father did. Back in November 2004, when the secular and Muslim-pandering Congress Party was governing India, Tabrez’s father Maskoor Ansari was caught by a crowd in Bagbera, Jharkhand while allegedly committing theft, and lynched to death. There is no justification for illegal activity or vigilantism. Also, however, the villagers had not been exposed to modern-day wokeism. They didn’t realize that if they didn’t ceremonially offer tea and midnight snacks to robbers belonging to a certain group when they caught one in their backyard, it would be a “hate crime.”
Muslim youth self-immolates, Hindus accused of murder
Also in 2019, a 17-year-old, Khalid Ansari from Chandauli, Uttar Pradesh, succumbed to burn injuries. The known peddlers of fake news published conspiracy theories suggesting that the Muslim youth was set ablaze for refusing to chant “Jai Shree Ram.” Multiple CCTV cameras in the area were examined by police, and none produced any footage of him being chased or indicating that he had been murdered. On the contrary, a newspaper vendor informed the police that he had witnessed the youth setting himself on fire at 4:25 AM.
Godhara hate crime hoax
In August 2019, Godhara resident Siddiq Abdul Salam complained at the local police station that six unknown miscreants had assaulted his 17-year-old son and forced him to chant “Jai Shree Ram.” The media had a field day with the story, but the police soon accessed the available CCTV footage from the site and confirmed that the clash had nothing to do with any religious slogans.
Sheikh Aamer filed false complaint to get social media applause
In retaliation for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s landslide 2019 victory, fake hate crime stories filled media headlines that year. Shiekh Aamer of Aurangabad, Maharashtra in July 2019 fabricated a story of being forced to chant “Jai Shree Ram” by four men. It turned out that Sheikh Aamer and his friend Shaikh Nasir had brushed past a car in traffic, leading to a brawl between the parties. They then filed a police complaint that gave the roadside altercation a communal twist. When the police began investigating, a nervous Aamer admitted that the scuffle had no communal aspect. He had filed the false complaint to teach a lesson to those who challenge people from his community, and to win a grand ovation from his people.
Political murder given communal angle in Haryana
Earlier this year, a Muslim youth, Asif Khan, was murdered while returning from his sister’s home in Mewat. The news of the attack included the popular “forced to chant Jai Shree Ram” claim, and was ritualistically labelled a hate crime by Muslim-friendly Indian media outlets. Police, following due investigation, declared the crime to be a political murder, and ruled out a communal angle. Asif led a caste-based group that had beaten up members of a rival caste-based group a few days before the murder. He was ambushed and killed in a reprisal triggered by the violence that his group initiated.
There are scores of such cases that have no communal aspect or intention, but have been attributed to the Hindus anyway. This is because the victims were Muslims, and this presented an opportunity to the pro-Muslim lobby to communalize their deaths, so as to advance their political agenda. Consequently, keyboard warriors of the Twitterverse make their empty claim that “They are already lynching Muslims on streets with impunity, don’t make their situation worse.”