Report reveals how the Indian government is targeting Muslims alleging them of spreading COVID-19

The growing anti-Muslim attacks came after the Indian government insisted that more than a third of the country’s COVID-19 cases were connected to Muslims.

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A series of anti-Muslim attacks have broken out in India after the country’s health ministry repetitively accused an Islamic seminary of spreading the coronavirus.

Young Muslim men who were distributing food to the poor were attacked with cricket bats. Many other Muslims were assaulted in mosques, while being described as the virus spreaders.

In Punjab, speakers at Sikh temples broadcast messages instructing people not to purchase milk from Muslim dairy farmers, because it was contaminated with the coronavirus.

Hate Speeches

Hate speeches have increased online. Moreover, a wave of videos has emerged telling Muslims not to take protective measures, like social distancing and wearing masks, as if the makers of the videos wanted Muslims to get sick.

The growing anti-Muslim attacks came after the Indian government insisted that more than a third of the country’s COVID-19 cases were connected to Muslims.

Small Reason to Attack

Mohammed Haider, who runs a milk shop, expressed his fears, and said, “People need only a small reason to attack us.”

Muslim leaders are concerned about the new wave of hatred. The chairman of the Islamic Center of India, Khalid Rasheed, said, “The government should not have blamed Muslims on national platforms. If you present the cases based on somebody’s faith in your media sessions, it generates a big divide.”

Khalid added, “The Coronavirus may die, but the virus of communal resentment will be difficult to kill when this is over.”

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