“Jai Shri Ram” has become a murderous chant to kill Muslims in India

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By Syed Ali Mujtaba, Copy Edited by Adam Rizvi, 29 July 2022, TIO:  In recent years in India, there is targeted violence against the Muslims and one among them is forcing the minority community member to chant “Jai Shri Ram” (JSR). In case of its refusal, the Muslims caught in the mob’s ‘vulture culture’ are subjected to physical assault, third-degree burns, and even homicide.

The Hindutva zealots who are leading this campaign against the Muslims are often found committing this crime in a group or in a mob formation. Their modus-Operandi is to catch hold of any innocent and weak Muslim and then overpower him and force him to chant “JSR.” Its refusal leads to murderous assault and the police like in Bollywood movies surface when the crime is over and the criminals have fled the scene.

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This is a simple assertion of militant Hindu zealots who are trying to forcefully assert on the Muslims of India that this country only belongs to the Hindus and if Muslims have to live in this country they have to accept a subservient status to the Hindus. Forcing the Muslims to chant ‘JSR,’ is a new normal in India that can be bracketed with rape, and people have accepted this as a reality and are not bothered to check the hate ever-growing hate crimes.

In this new real India, it is noticed that the Hindu zealots have changed the nomenclature of “JSR” from “Jai Sia Ram” to ‘Jai Sri Ram.’ This has subtly happened during the Ayodhya movement and now it has become a murderous cry to physically assault the Muslims of India.

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There are 28 pieces of evidence of ‘JSR’ hate crimes from 2018 to 2022 against Muslims that have been reported in the media. It is seen in this compendium that between 2019 and 2020 there was a spurt in such kinds of hate crimes. This may be due to Narendra Modi’s landslide victory in Parliamentary elections in 2019. There was a lull in ‘JSR’ criminal activities during the lockdown period but after lying low for two years, this criminal activity has once again raised its ugly head in 2022.

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The point to make here is the evidence collected suggests that JSR hate crime is not a handiwork of the fringe Hindu elements, but assumes the form of an organized crime and something needs to be done about it. Indian Muslims have to wake up to address this harsh reality being forced on them by those mandarins in power and take pre-remedial measures within the constitutional framework else they may be subjected to face more such hate crimes against them  in the name of ‘Jai Sri Ram.’

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The first incident is in Hyderabad’s Old City’s Charminar area on July 21, 2022, when a 17-year-old Muslim boy was mercilessly beaten when he refused to chant “Jai Shree Ram”. The incident took place when the boy, a resident of Hussaini Alam, was on his way back home at the night and was caught in a Bonalu procession that was moving near the Charminar police limits. Suddenly, a group of miscreants stopped him and applied Tilak on his forehead, and forced him to chant ‘JSR.’ When he refused, the mob mercilessly beat him and the boy was assaulted by as many as 40 men. (1)

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This is not the first instance in 2022, on  March 2, Altamash Hussain, a class 9 student from Jharkhand was beaten mercilessly for not chanting “Jai Shri Ram”. In a video, Altamash was heard saying that a group of Hindu men attempted to choke him and beat him for not uttering JSR. He was lucky to escape as his friends arrived to rescue him in the nick of time. (2)

In February 2020, when large-scale anti-Muslim riots broke out, in North-East Delhi, the Hindu rioters killed nine Muslims; Hamza, Aamin, Bhure Ali, Mursalin, Aas Mohd, Musharraf, Akil Ahmed, and Hashim Ali and his elder brother Aamir Khan because they refused to chant “JSR.” (3)

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On 25 May 2019, 25-year-old, Mohammad Barkat, was beaten up by a group of men at Jacubpura in Gurugram Haryana when he was returning to his shop after prayers from the mosque. Then a Hindu group accosted him and forced him to first remove his skullcap and then asked him to chant “JSR”. Barkat said in a video statement that his assailants threatened to feed him pork and later beat him when he refused to chant JSR. (4)

On 26 May 2019, a 23-year-old hijab-clad student of a medical college in north Bengal was threatened by a group of 10-12 men forcing her to chant ‘JSR.’ She somehow saved her life by running away from the crime spot to tell her horror story in a video clip. (5)

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On 2 June 2020 Mohammad Israel, an 18-year-old from Bathna Village, in East Champaran district Bihar, was beaten up by a mob that asked him to chant “JSR”. When he refused the mob tried to slit his throat and left him dead. Somehow the boy survived the assault. (6)

In Jharkhand on June 17, 2019, a 24-year-old man Tabrez Ansari was brutally thrashed by a Hindu mob for refusing to chant “Jai Shri Ram.” Tabrez succumbed to his injuries four days later and police registered an FIR against his assailants only. (7)

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In Assam on June 21, 2019, a group of men belonging to Sri Ram Sena beat up a few Muslim men when they refused to chant ‘JSR.’ The incident came to light when a video of the victims surfaced on social media. (8)

On 22 June 2019, Maulana Momin, a Muslim cleric was hit by a car when he refused to chant ‘JSR’. The assailants first stopped the Maulana for some conversation and later asked him to chant JSR. When he ignored the assailant’s demand, the criminals sitting in the car, hit the Maulana from behind and he tossed up in the air and lost his consciousness when he fell to the ground. The victim was taken to the hospital where he recorded his statement on camera to the police.  (9)

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On 23 June 2019, Faizal Usman Khan, a 25-year-old cab driver from Mumbai was assaulted by three men at Mumbra police station limits. The trio, after knowing the identity of Faizal, dragged him out of his car and forced him to chant ‘JSR’. When he refused, he was beaten till he lost his consciousness. (10)

On 29 June 2019, Taj Mohammad, a 16-year-old boy was beaten by a Hindu mob in Kanpur for refusing to chant “JSR”. The incident occurred when Taj, a resident of Barra, was returning home after offering namaz in Kidwai Nagar mosque in Kanpur. The attackers first removed his cap and then asked him to chant JSR. (11)

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On 3 July 2019, an auto driver, Atib was assaulted by three Hindu men who asked him to chant ‘JSR.’ When he refused the assailants took Atif to the nearby Sulabh toilet and beat him up. (12)

On July 5, 2019, Mohammed Javed Naseem was intercepted by 10 people who questioned his identity and then asked him to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram. ’ When he refused the goons hit him and inflicted gravies injuries. The victim claimed that people in the area only watched him getting beaten and none came for his help. (13)

On July 5, 2019, three Muslim youth, Aamir Wasim, Altaf Ali, and Ali Ahmed were attacked by a Hindu mob at the Doranda police station limits in Ranchi, Jharkhand. The mob forced them to chant ‘JSR,’ and when they refused they beat them badly. The three youths sustained serious injuries and were admitted to the hospital to tell their horror story in a video clip. (14)

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On 8 July 2019, Sabir Khan, of Asansol in West Bengal was physically assaulted for refusing to chant “Jai Shri Ram.” The assailants were in numbers and fled the scene after committing the hate crime. (15)

On 11 July 2019, Abdul Waris, Muqaddis, Haroon, and Ali, a group of four Madrassa students were brutally beaten when they were playing at the GIC ground in Unnao. The students from Darul Uloom Faiz-E-Aam were forced to chant ‘JSR’, and when they refused they were beaten with sticks. The victims sustained injuries on their heads and arms. Later the Police identified the assailants to be members of the Bajrang Dal. (16)

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On 15 July 2019, Rajab Alam, an eleven years old Madrasa student, of Sargar Dekhi village in Murshidabad District, West Bengal was brutally assaulted by a group of Hindus that forced him to chant ‘JSR’. The boy sustained serious injuries and was admitted to a hospital. (17)

On 15 July 2019, Imlakur ur Rehman, a teacher in a madrasa at Budhana in Muzzafarnagar district UP, was assaulted by 12 Hindu men who forced him to chant ‘JSR.’ When he refused, his beard was pulled and he was beaten black and blue. (18)

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On 17 July 2019, Asif Majeed Qureshi, a resident of Deshmukhwadi, in Jalgaon Maharastra was beaten up by a Hindu mob while he was purchasing vegetables in the market. He was heard saying in the video that his assailants forced him to chant ‘JSR’. (19)

On 19 July 2019, Imran Ismail Patel was beaten up by a group of people that forced him to chant “JSR.” This happened in Aurangabad, Maharashtra. Patel, a hotel employee, in his complaint, said that a gang of around ten people stopped him near Hudco Corner in Begumpura Aurangabad, when he was returning home on his bike. (20)

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On July 28, 2019, a 15-year-old Khalid Ansari was set on fire by four people in the Chandauli district of Uttar Pradesh. This was done when the boy refused to chant “JSR”.  His hands and legs were tied kerosene was poured on him and a matchstick was used to lit the fire. He was admitted to the hospital with 60 percent burn injuries and he recorded his statement in a video clip. (21)

On 1 August 2019, Hafiz Sohel Bhagat, Hafiz Samir Bhagat, and Hafiz Salman Gheeteli, were brutally assaulted in Godhra, Gujarat when they refused to chant ‘JSR.’ The three Muslim men were on their motorcycles passing through Bawani Mandi, a Hindu locality; when they were stopped by a Hindu mob. They asked the trio to chant ‘JSR’ but when they refused, they were assaulted on their head with a bicycle chain or some other blunt objects. (22)

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On 4 August 2019, Shahrukh Chohan, was forced to chant ‘JSR’ in Himatnagar, Zilla Sabarkantha, Gujarat.  When he refused, he was brutally beaten by three men with sticks and rods. They Shahrukh to chant JSR or  ‘Go to Pakistan.’ (23)

On November 22, 2019, Mohammed Artaza was forced to chant ‘JSR’ by three youths in Saharanpur, Uttar Pradesh. On opposing their demand, Murtaza was assaulted with stones and badly beaten up. The police reported the incident but no arrests were made. (24)

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On December 20, 2019, a 66-year-old Muslim cleric Maulana Asad Raza Hussaini who ran an orphanage in Muzaffarnagar, UP was stripped, beaten, and abused for refusing to chant “JSR.” The children of his orphanage were also beaten up and forced to kneel down for not chanting JSR. (25)

On 5 February 2018, a 45-year-old Muslim man in Rajasthan’s Sirohi city was forced to chant “JSR.” When he refused, he was repeatedly slapped and thrashed. A video clip has emerged where the assailant, Vinay Kumar Meena, an 18-year-old boy was seen slapping the Muslim man over 20 times. He was abusing him and coercing him to say “JSR.” (26)

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On 2 April 2018, two blind beggars, Abul Bashar, 67, and his wife Bedana Bibi, 61, were forced to chant “JSR” after they entered a Hindu-dominated locality at Andal in the Burdwan district of West Bengal. The blind people were assaulted by a group of Hindu men in the Chitadanga area. In a video, Bashar was heard saying that he was forced to chant ‘JSR’ because he was a Muslim. (27)

On June 10, 2018, Maulana Azharul Islam, and Maulana Imran, the two cleric brothers were brutally beaten up by a Hindu mob at Nagri Police station limits in Ranchi. The incident was reported when the victims were returning after prayers from a mosque in Agru village when some 20 bike-borne men stopped them and asked them to chant ‘JSR’. When they refused, the assailants brutally assaulted them with cycle chains. (28)

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The above incidents are a short list of “JSR” hate crimes. This list is prepared from the reportage on the web-based platforms. This date needs large-scale documentation of religious identity-based crimes against Muslims in India. It’s high time that Muslims in India find a solution in legal terms to address this maddening development that’s threatening their lives all over the country.

na samjhoge to miT jāoge ai Musalmano- Tumhārī dāstāñ tak bhī na hogī dāstānoñ meñ….

References

1-    https://www.siasat.com/hyderabad-muslim-youth-beaten-for-not-chanting-jai-sri-ram-2374678/

2-    https://sabrangindia.in/article/jharkhand-youths-attack-class-9-student-not-chanting-jai-shri-ram

3-    Read more: https://scroll.in/latest/966461/delhi-riots-9-killed-were-forced-to-chant-jai-shri-ram-assault-planned-on-whatsapp-say-police)

4-    Read more: https://scroll.in/latest/924826/gurugram-muslim-man-allegedly-thrashed-asked-to-remove-skull-cap-and-chant-jai-shri-ram

5-    Read more: https://www.newindianexpress.com/nation/2019/may/27/hijab-clad-student-in-bengal-college-harassed-by-jai-shri-ram-chanting-men-1982489.html

6-    Read more: https://maktoobmedia.com/2020/06/04/yet-again-muslim-youth-attacked-and-forced-to-chant-jai-shri-ram/

7-    Read more: https://maktoobmedia.com/2019/06/23/muslim-made-to-chant-jai-shri-ram-and-lynched-in-jharkhand/

8-    Read more: https://www.thequint.com/news/india/muslim-men-attacked-in-assam-barpeta-forced-to-say-jai-shri-ram

9-    Read more: https://mumbaimirror.indiatimes.com/mumbai/crime/cabbie-beaten-up-in-diva-forced-to-chant-jai-shri-ram/articleshow/69968844.cms?

10-                      Read more: https://mumbaimirror.indiatimes.com/mumbai/crime/cabbie-beaten-up-in-diva-forced-to-chant-jai-shri-ram/articleshow/69968844.cms?

11-                      Read more: https://indianexpress.com/article/india/kanpur-boy-beaten-for-refusing-to-chant-jai-shri-ram-5806971/

12-                      Read more: https://newscentral24x7.com/uttar-pradesh-muslim-auto-driver-beaten-kanpur-refusing-chant-jai-shri-ram/

13-                      Read more: https://twitter.com/doamuslims/status/1147219700318912514

14-                      Read more: https://www.newindianexpress.com/nation/2019/jul/06/mob-attacks-ranchi-youths-after-asking-their-names-forced-to-chant-jai-shri-ram-2000075.html

15-                      Read more: https://archive.org/details/manbeatenforcedtochantjaishriraminasansolwestbengal

16-                      Read more: https://www.thequint.com/news/india/madrasa-students-allegedly-forced-to-chant-jai-shri-ram-in-unnao-up

17-                      Read more: https://www.siasat.com/madrasa-student-beaten-not-saying-jai-shree-ram-1548300/

18-                      Read more: https://thewire.in/rights/muslim-cleric-assaulted-jai-sri-ram-uttar-pradesh

19-                      Read more: https://archive.org/details/manattackedforrefusingtochantjaishriraminjalgaonmaharashtra

20-                      Read more: https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/maharashtra-man-allegedly-forced-to-chant-jai-shri-ram-beaten-up-police-2072365

21-                      Read more: https://www.nationalheraldindia.com/india/teenager-refuses-to-say-jai-shri-ram-set-ablaze

22-                      Read more: https://www.ndtv.com/cities/gujarat-godhra-3-boys-attacked-in-gujarats-godhra-over-shri-ram-slogan-2079510

23-                      Read more: https://www.instagram.com/p/B1TrOMolQ4N/

24-                      Read more: https://archive.org/details/deobanduttarpradeshindiajaishriram

25-                      Read more: https://www.telegraphindia.com/india/uttar-pradesh-police-accused-of-stripping-cleric/cid/1731127

26-                      Read more: https://scroll.in/latest/867890/video-18-year-old-abuses-slaps-muslim-man-in-rajasthan-tries-to-force-him-to-say-jai-shri-ram

27-                      Read more: https://indianexpress.com/article/india/ram-navami-violence-near-clash-zone-blind-muslim-couple-made-to-chant-jai-shri-ram-west-bengal-mamata-banerjee-5119937/

28-                      Read more: https://www.deccanchronicle.com/nation/current-affairs/140618/muslim-cleric-thrashed-forced-to-chant-jai-shri-ram-in-jharkhan.html

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Syed Ali Mujtaba

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Syed Ali Mujtaba is a Sr.Journalist, Author based in Chennai, India. Writes frequently for the USA based News Portal, TheIndiaObserver. He is author of the book Soundings on South Asia, New Dawn Press (2005). He can be reached at syedalimujtaba2007@gmail.com or TIO, at Mediaiss@Gmail.com

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