Famous Indian actor/comedian Rajpal Yadav has expressed anger and disappointment on Hindus extremists for creating violence in the country. He raised many questions on democracy in India. Yadav said that there’s no humanity left in Hindus who killed two aged religious preachers in Palghar district, India.
He said that there is no place for violence in society. “500 people attacked and killed 70-year-old sadhu (Hindu religious preacher). These 1 percent of Hindus are trying to malign Indians with such acts,” Yadav said.
— Rajpal Yadav (@rajpalofficial) April 24, 2020
More than 100 people have been arrested for allegedly beating three men to death in the western Indian state of Maharashtra. The incident happened in Palghar district on Thursday but a video of the attack went viral on Sunday. The viral video shows the mob lynching the men as police struggled to rescue them.
However, with two sadhus being killed, several BJP leaders immediately came out with their typical knee-jerk reactions that it was the Muslims who were responsible. A vile attempt was made to give the unfortunate incident a communal color on both mainstream and social media. However, later Maharashtra police confirmed that none of the attackers was Muslim.
Yadav a few days back also raised his voice when doctors and policemen were attacked during the coronavirus lockdown.
A few days back, Indian actress Rakhi Sawant also released a video where she has raised her voice against increasing violence targetting Muslims in India.
Hindus targeting Muslims during the lockdown
Moreover, Muslims are being targeted in India for spreading coronavirus in the country. Police have been assaulting them and they are left lying on the roads without food and home. As fears of a widespread coronavirus outbreak mount in India, some of the country’s Muslims, who make up roughly 200 million of the country’s 1.3 billion population, have been targeted in Islamophobic attacks on the streets and online.
Moreover, volunteers distributing ration kits to Muslim families say they face harassment from police and are scared to go out. In Punjab, Muslim milk producers say they have been threatened by villagers, their houses have been raided by police, and people are scared to buy their produce.
Rumors, misinformation, and videos claiming Muslims were deliberately spreading COVID-19 were widely shared. It is increasing already inflamed religious tensions in the country. The globally renowned historian and writer Yuval Noah Harari appealed Indians to practice peace and harmony, avoid hatred to combat the COVID-19 epidemic.
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