Not only the COVID-19 was communalized but now the death of the elephant in Kerala is given a communal colour. On 27 May, a pregnant elephant died in Kerala, standing in water. Some locals fed her a pineapple stuffed with firecrackers. The fruit then exploded into her mouth thus leading to her death.
This incident has led to wide outrage with many slamming the locals for the brutal animal abuse.
However, some even tried to give this incident a communal look.
The misleading news said that the incident took place in Malappuram. This district is the only Muslim majority district of Kerala. Although, the incident of the elephant’s death took place in the Mannarkkad division of Palakkad district.
Even, union government could not be spared from the misleading information. Union Minister Prakash Javadekar also blamed Malappuram.
Moreover, BJP’s MP, Maneka Gandhi not only wrongly blamed the incident to Malappuram, but she also went on to accuse it of being the “most violent district” in the country.
The Quint reported that it has confirmed that the incident happened in Palakkad district and not Malappuram.
“The elephant found dead in a forest area in the Mannarkkad division of Palakkad district. Such incidents have happened in the past but we have taken all steps to prevent them,” K Sunil Kumar, Divisional Forest Office, Mannarkkad, told The Quint.
Malayalis Say Not To Communalise The Kerala Incident
However, Maneka Gandhi targetted Muslims many a time in the name of protecting animals.
In 2017 she wrote a post saying “Muslims get a free pass to slaughter goats on Bakrid”.
In the past, Maneka Gandhi’s NGO People For Animals has conducted unauthorised “raids” targetted cattle traders, mostly Muslims.
Many twitter users started blaming Muslims for the incident that took place in Malappuram. On the other hand, many people including Malayalam actors like Neeraj Madhav and Parvathy called out communal propaganda.