Week Of Intolerance: An Atheist Hacked To Death To 3 Arrested For Facebook Posts
There was a lot of hush-hush about the word “intolerance” that became a sensation in India, particularly in the digital space, two years back. However, incidents like these never fail to prove that people in the country India are getting intolerant and are developing a habit of getting offended in every other thing.
On the night of 16 March, a man in Tamil Nadu’s Coimbatore was hacked to death after he declared himself atheist and posted his rationalist views on Facebook. Two of his alleged assailants surrendered to the police on Monday; the police suspect six people were involved in the conspiracy.
31-year-old H Faruk, a Muslim man, had converted to an atheist and became a member of Dravidar Viduthalai Kazhagam. He had shared a post expressed his absence of belief in God. On Facebook he had posted a photo in which one of his children held a placard saying ‘Kadavul illai, Kadavul illai, Kadavul illai (No God, No God, No God)’.
The post had attracted criticism from members of the Muslim community, who called him an apostate. Faruk was the admin of a Whatsapp group whose members regularly debunk religion and religious claims. He was receiving regular calls threatening him to stop expressing his lack of faith. On Thursday night he received a phone call that prompted Faruk to step out of his house. It was when he was brutally murdered.
One of the accused murderer Ansrath had surrendered before a magistrate the next day and confessed to killing Faruk. Two more men, Saddam Hussain and Samudeen, surrendered on Monday.
The police also arrested Farooq’s friends Abdul Munaf (28) and Akram Jindha (30) on suspicions of helping the gang to set a trap to kill Farooq.
A hotel in Jaipur was sealed and two of its employees were detained following a rumour that beef was being cooked there.
Trouble started brewing a day after Yogi Adityanath assumed the charge as the CM of Uttar Pradesh. Cow vigilante groups in Rajasthan rushed into Hotel Hayat Rabbani, claiming that beef was being cooked and served there.
Kamla Didi, a leader of Rashtriya Mahila Gau Rakshak Sewa Mandal led the activists up to the hotel.
Two employees of the hotel were booked under Section 151 of Criminal Procedure Code.
A 25-year-old man was arrested in Ghazipur for uploading an “objectionable” picture of Yogi Adityanath, hours after he was sworn in as the UP chief minister, on a fake Facebook account. The man, identified as as Badshah Abdul Razak uploaded the picture on March 19 and circulated it on social media. Soon after the photo was uploaded, outraged members of Yuva Vahini, a committee founded by Yogi Adityanath, staged a protest demanding action against Razak. Finally, the police arrived and arrested Razak from his house.
In other news, an 18-year-old resident of Ghatkopar area in Maharashtra was also arrested for allegedly posting an image of a warrior king morphed with the face of new Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on his Facebook page.
Amethi Man arrested
A man named Wasim Siddique was arrested by Amethi police because he had shared a post on Facebook titled “How a BJP MLA’s son created a ruckus that compelled a policemen asking for transfer”, with the caption, “Iski bhi aukat dikhani padegi” (we have shown him his place). Siddique was booked by the police under IPC 153A, 295A, 298, 505(2) and 67 IT Act. The police also reported that Siddique had shared a vulgar post on Yogi Adityanath.
A 38-year-old professor, Sunil Waghmare, from Raigad district in Maharashtra was attacked by shis students and colleagues and later arrested because he asked why Shivaji’s birthday is celebrated twice a year.
The professor at KMC College had asked this question owing to the lack of clarity on the Shivaji’s exact date of birth, the occasion is celebrated twice a year, in February and March.
He was assaulted by his who also handed him over to the police. The group admin lodged a case and the professor was booked under IPC 295 (A) for hurting religious sentiment.
All these incidents that have been reported shows how religious sentiment has blindfolded people and they are even willing to take lives.
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