New Delhi: During the tenure of the BJP government in India, numerous incidents related to anti-Muslim sentiments have come to light across the country. However, during this period, the state of Uttar Pradesh was at the top for incidents based on hatred towards Muslims.
According to media reports, during the last 8 years, from 2015 to the present, there have been 418 incidents in the state of Uttar Pradesh related to hatred and bias against Muslims. This state has been a hub for campaigns led by Hindu extremists, including “Love Jihad,” “Halal Jihad,” “Ghar Wapsi” (Conversion Back to Hinduism), “Beti Bachao, Bahu Lao” (Save Daughters, Bring Daughters-in-law), “Hijab Ban,” and “Gau Raksha” (Cow Protection).
In 2022, under the rule of the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh, there were 13,000 crimes against minorities. According to a report from the Indian Ministry of Home Affairs in 2016, Uttar Pradesh has the highest number of Muslim inmates in jails. More than 18,000 Muslims are imprisoned in jails in Uttar Pradesh under various charges, while Muslims also make up the largest number of those who have died in police encounters.
As per the report, the Modi government has closed the salaries of 21,000 madrasa teachers in Uttar Pradesh since 2016. In 2015, a rumor of Muhammad Akhlaq slaughtering a cow led to a mob of Hindu extremists lynching him to death. However, the police rather than taking action against the culprit killers filed a case against the victim’s brother, and in 2017, Yogi Adityanath’s government rewarded the same 15 killers with government jobs.
On March 5, 2019, in Meerut, BJP leaders set fire to over 200 shanties inhabited by Muslims to grab land. Cases were filed against more than 1,700 Muslims for offering Eid prayers during Ramadan.
Last year in April, Hindu extremist leader Yati Narsinghanand encouraged his followers to launch an attack on the holy Kaaba. In April 2023, Muslim politician Atiq Ahmed, along with his brother were shot and killed in the presence of police by Hindu extremists in front of cameras.
In August 2023, a Hindu teacher, Tripta Tyagi, at Muzaffarnagar’s Neha Public School made her students slap the 7-year-old student, Muhammad Altamash, in the class for not memorizing his lessons.