Deccan Chronicle: Muslim Lives Matter, But Saying So Will Cost You

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Deccan Chronicle: Muslim Lives Matter, But Saying So Will Cost You

While an ongoing protest for demanding justice of George Floyd’s death, Indian citizens have been facing injustice for a long time. Deccan Chronicle asked in its article if Muslims living in India will matter or not. It further wrote that now the Black live matter movement is on rage, however, Indian citizens have often been conspicuously silent in the face of glaring injustice against their own — in the form of a systematic campaign of persecution, and murder carried out against India’s largest minority.

Whether it is an issue of Article 370 or NRC, Indian Muslims face injustice all time.

In Gujarat, in 2002, 1,000 Muslim lives were taken. Moreover, the people behind it are not punished yet. People who were convicted for the incident are now at bail.

The recent North-East Delhi riot happened in February this year, took 53 lives. Out of 53 dead, the majority were Muslims. This bloodshed happened after speeches given by BJP leaders. However, no action has been taken against those leaders.

Deccan Chronicle: Do Muslim Lives Matter In India?

Delhi high court, on Thursday denied bail to JCC member, Safoora Zargar, a 27-year-old woman who is pregnant. She was arrested by the Delhi police.

On Thursday, a Delhi court denied bail to 27-year-old Safoora Zargar, member of the Jamia coordination committee, who is also pregnant and was arrested by the Delhi Police special cell for creating a roadblock that allegedly facilitated the February-end clashes. Since there is no prima facie evidence against her of the terrorist activity that she has been accused of under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), she was eligible for bail even under this draconian law.

Ms Zargar has been booked under UAPA, India’s main anti-terror legislation. Moreover, Jamia Millia Islamia’s Meeran Haider, Shifa-ur-Rehman and Asif Iqbal Tanha, and JNU’s Umar Khalid and Natasha Narwal have also been booked.

“These young men and women were surreptitiously apprehended and put behind bars under cover of the Covid lockdown. But their only “crime” could well be the exercise of their freedom of opinion and right to dissent, both of which are so essential for the healthy functioning of a democracy. This week, a bid by women and children to resume the anti-CAA sit-in at Shaheen Bagh — and start a parallel one outside Jamia — was foiled by Delhi Police,” wrote Deccan Chronicle.

The Deccan Chronicle further wrote, “Hasim Ali, a 60-year-old tailor from northeast Delhi. Mr Ali lodged a complaint after his home was burned to the ground. His complaint was attached with that of his Hindu neighbour. Later, it was Mr Ali who was arrested on the flimsiest of grounds. No action was taken against the persons he named in his complaint.”

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