There is growing propaganda that Muslims are unsafe in India; they are lynched, they are persecuted by Hindus on several issues, and whatnot. In 2019, when India offered refuge to non-Muslims facing persecution in the neighboring Islamic states via the Citizenship Amendment Act, the international media claims that the act is a terrible human rights abuse. Unfortunately, the truth is quite opposite and poisonous.
The truth is that the so-called persecuted Muslim community is enjoying all the perks and freedom of being in an open and secular country, and it is Muslims who are in-fact persecuting Hindus, who are lynching Hindus, attacking them at their might.
The recent case is of Delhi’s Mangolpuri area, where a mob of around 25-30 Muslims brutally stabbed a Bajrang Dal activist named Rinku Sharma on February 10. The 26-year-old Rinku, who was stabbed in his house in front of his family members. His only crime was that he was a Hindu, an ardent follower of Bhagwan Ram, and he was a part of the donation drive being carried out by Bajrang Dal for contributing towards the construction of Ram Mandir in Ayodhya.
As per the reports, Muslims were not happy with the religious activities of Rinku, they entered Rinku’s house late on Wednesday night and killed him in cold blood. Police has arrested 4 muslim murderers, identified as Mohammad Islam, Danish Nasruddin, Dilshan and Dilshad Islam.
It is being reported that the incident was a fallout of an argument between the Rinku and Muslims over the donation activity he was carrying out. Rinku was a member of the Bajrang Dal and he was actively participating in donation raising movement for the construction of the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya.
According to the relatives of the deceased, an awareness rally was organized in the area, last month, regarding the construction of Ayodhya’s Shri Ram Janmabhoomi temple. During this rally, these Muslims got into a verbal dispute with Rinku Sharma, who had been collecting funds for the construction of the Ram Mandir. Muslim goons were abusing PM Modi and accusing that Rinku was associated with the BJP. Later, the dispute was resolved after some people of the area intervened.
On the day of the incident, Rinku Sharma once again ran across the assailants in a birthday party, where they reportedly got into a tussle again.
As per the Sudarshan News, Rinku’s father told that on Wednesday night, around 25-30 persons knocked on the door. After they were let in, they attacked his son Rinku Sharma, and his younger son Ankit was also attacked. He said that the attackers kicked them around, stabbed Rinku, and vandalized the house.
Rinku’s mother explained her ordeal, she said that while Rinku was being stabbed mercilessly by Muslims, he was continued raising the slogan of ‘Jai Shri Ram.’ She also said that Rinku had received threats for being associated with Barang Dal for quite some time.
A video of the incident has also emerged, which shows the Muslim mob was attacking the family and then killing Rinku Sharma. They also tried to snatch an LPG cylinder, perhaps to use it as a weapon.
This incident raised an alarming situation. contrary to the portrayed image of Muslim persecution in India, it’s the opposite that is happening. What is even more appalling is the apathetic attitude towards the entire incident where a Hindu has been murdered in the most gruesome manner and the media and intellectual class is not just dismissing it as a brawl between two parties but not as much as debating the issue simply because of the religion of the accused.
Mainstream media is not even covering this incident, not conducting debates on prime time, because the victim was a Hindu. What is more painful that few peaceful and secular are even mocking Rinku’s death simply because he was a Hindu and a Bajrang Dal activist.
It is an irony that Muslims like Akhlaq or Tabrez Ansari gained international coverage and months long media coverage. Whereas, Rahul, Gautam, Kamlesh Tiwari, and now Rinku Sharma being lynched is just another murder. Why is Hindu life so cheap in a Hindu majority country?
This is an uncomfortable question, but we have to ask it from our establishment, our society and ourselves.