On Saturday, in a village in Indore district of Madhya Pradesh, a poster went viral on social media. The poster stated that Muslim traders are banned in their village. However, the Indian Express has reported that the police have said that they have registered the case against anonymous persons and the poster has been removed.
“Muslim vyapariyon ka gaon mein pravesh nishedh hai (Muslim traders are not allowed to enter the village),” the poster reads. It was reportedly signed on behalf of residents of Pemalpur village in Depalpur tehsil and put up on Saturday.
Deputy Inspector General of Police, Indore, Harinarayanchari Mishra told The Indian Express, “The poster was removed as soon as the police learned about it.”
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and the state police have been questioned by Digvijaya Singh a Senior Congress leader regarding the poster. “Is this not against the appeal made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi?” he asked. “Is this act not a punishable offense under our law? Such a division in the society is not in the national interest.”
Last month, Modi had already said that coronavirus does not see “race, religion, caste before striking”, and “unity and brotherhood” must be our response to the virus.
Recently at Markaz, near the Nizamuddin area of Delhi, Tabligh Jamaat conducted an event during which lockdown gets imposed. As they were stranded there in groups thus resulting in the breaking of much needed “social-distancing”, to curb the spread of coronavirus. Upon testing them, positive cases were found, thus contributing to the percentage of positive cases among the people who are being tested.
After this unfortunate incident, people are fed with fake news, thus raging them to go against the whole Muslim community thus raising issues of islamophobia.
Recently, a BJP MLA in Deoria district was seen in a video clip, telling people to not buy vegetables from Muslim vendors. However, BJP issued a notice to the MLA after his comment was backlashed by civil society.
Muslim vendors are facing troubles due to these discriminations and even they are being called by names.
There have also been fake videos on social media platforms attacking the Muslims for contaminating food to spread the virus.