Modi govt. has failed in checking hate crimes against Muslims, Dalits: Jamaat
New Delhi, April 8: While expressing its deep anguish at the lynching of a Muslim man by cow vigilantes in Rajasthan's Alwar district, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, India's one of the largest socio-religious organizations, on Saturday criticized the central government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi for its failure in curbing "those polarizing society on communal lines and spreading hatred against the Muslim community."
Addressing their monthly press conference at Jamaat's headquarters here today, Jamaat chief Maulana Syed Jalaluddin Umari while commenting on the Alwar lynching said: "The incident is highly condemnable and Jamaat demands the immediate arrest of the culprits and punishment to the guilty. Jamaat feels that ever since the BJP led government has come at the center, hate crimes and attacks against Muslims and Dalits have increased a lot in the name of cow protection. The number of fake gau-rakshak groups is also increasing. They are getting emboldened because no action is being taken against them."
He was referring to the incident whereby some Muslims were brutally beaten up on their way to Haryana from Jaipur. They had purchased some cows and calves from the Rajasthan government cattle fare in Jaipur and had valid papers from the Municipal authorities. Pahlu Khan, one of the victims, later succumbed to injuries in hospital.
In the last two years, 10 Muslims have reportedly been killed over beef rumours or cow smuggling allegations in different parts of the country.
"There is a complete breakdown of law and order and these incidents are becoming a major embarrassment for the country and sullying its image abroad. Jamaat feels that all this is a result of the communal mindset of the ruling dispensation. The government of the day has failed to curb those polarizing society on communal lines and spreading hatred against the Muslim community," said Jamaat leader and demanded the Central government "to put an end to such incidents and prove its seriousness in maintaining communal harmony in the country."