a weekly roundup of hate crimes, persecution and discrimination against Hindus
Attacks on Hindus and Hindu Dharma, both in Bharat and abroad, are frequent and relentless. In many parts of the world, this persecution is like a genocide slowly unfolding before our eyes. For decades, the world ignored the true depth and scale of these attacks, driven by disturbing anti-Hindu fanaticism. From murders, forced conversions, land grabs, assaults on festivals, desecration of temples and murtis, hate speech and sexual violence to institutionalized and legal discrimination, Hindus face an onslaught against their very existence as well as an unprecedented hatred of Hindus.
In this weekly summary for the period September 4 to September 10, 2022, we hope to provide insight into these crimes and hopefully raise awareness about this human rights crisis among more people around the world:
1) A 14-year-old girl was found hanging from a tree in Dumka, Jharkhand early Friday morning. She was raped and murdered by Arman Ansari, a construction worker, who was arrested.
2) In Tamil Nadu, the Congress has set up “secular Ganesh pandals” which are supposed to compete with Hindu organisations. The district committee that organized it said Christians and Muslims will take part in the celebrations and processions to protect religious harmony.
3) Stones were thrown at a procession of Ganesha murti passing through a Muslim majority area of Gujarat. The tempo carrying the murti was pelted with stones and 13 people were arrested by the police. After the police loaded the stone pelters, the murti was taken to the pandal safely.
4) National Chairman of Hindu Shakti Dal Simran Gupta has filed an FIR with Delhi Police for receiving a death threat for filing petitions against unknown and known people who threatened right-wing activists .
5) A 39-year-old gym owner in Lucknow has been arrested for marrying a woman while allegedly concealing his identity and posing as a Hindu, police say.
6) In a horrific incident in Pondicherry, a Christian woman poisoned because he outperformed her daughter in studies and extracurricular activities. The woman had mixed rat poison with soft drinks to trick the boy. Unfortunately, he died because the treatment failed.
7) Another case of Love Jihad was recently discovered in Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh. A woman filed a complaint against a certain Aslam, who concealed his identity as ‘Sanjay’ and married her, after which he began to force her to convert to Islam. An FIR has been filed against the accused, but he has not yet been arrested.
8) Young Hitesh Rathod from Ahmedabad was murdered and his family blames his Muslim wife’s family for pressuring Hitesh to convert.
9) A 21-year-old man, Aas Mohammad, who impersonated a member of the Ashu Rana army and befriended a class XII student by hiding his religious identity was arrested for the harassed and posted vulgar messages on social media after breaking off her friendship with him.
10) Students at a Christian nursing institute in Tamil Nadu accused the management of forcing them to attend prayer meetings. Allegations of not delivering the courses properly have also been made against the institute.
11) DMK IT wing leader TRB Rajaa shared a video mocking Savarkar in which Bhagwan Vishnu was denigrated.
12) Complaints have been made against Tamil Nadu Hindu Religious and Endowment Council (TNHRCE) officials alleging that they ate non-vegetarian food at the yatri Nivas premises of a temple, in violation of the Veg Rule -only. A video of officials being served chicken, fish and eggs has gone viral on social media.
13) A gaurakshak identified as Rajesh Kumar Dwivedi was found dead in the village temple on the morning of September 3. His family alleged that Rajesh had been murdered.
Abduction, rape, forced conversion and marriage of Hindu underage girls are commonplace in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. At least 1,000 minority girls are victims of such sexual slavery every year in Sindh province alone. Apart from this, Pakistani Hindus face systemic and institutionalized discrimination and neglect, such as frequent attacks on Hindu temples, demonization of educational curricula, police and judicial antipathy, denial of rights fundamentals and even untouchability.
1) A Hindu died after jumping into a septic tank, apparently to escape the rage of a policeman who was running after him to beat him at Tando Mohammad Khan in Hyderabad, Pakistan.
Attacks on Hindus in Bangladesh are relentless and designed to gradually cleanse the country’s religious minority. According to a study by Professor Abul Barakat of the University of Dhaka, no Hindus will remain in Bangladesh by 2050 due to systemic and institutionalized persecution. Desecration of temples, land grabbing, mob attacks after false accusations of blasphemy, rape/forced conversion of women and hate speech are some of the tools used to intimidate and drive out Hindus.
1) Ahakil Devnath is the last victim of blasphemy at the Saharasti of Chandpur (Tweet archived here).
2) In targeted harassment, local members of the student wing of the Awami Mahabub Alam Bohiya League deposit a blasphemy case against Pritam Das in Srimangol, Shylet on September 4 (Tweet archived here).
3) More than three houses were destroyed and looted in a offensive on the Hindu minority on September 6 (Tweet archived here).
1) After racist tirades and vandalism of temples in the US, UK, Canada and Australia, an actual physical assault has been reported in a Hindu neighborhood in Leicester, UK by what appears to be being Pakistani-born British Islamist gangs, following the India-Pakistan T20 cricket match on August 28.
Most hate crimes are motivated by anti-Hindu bigotry encoded in certain religious teachings and political ideologies. While anti-Hindu hatred in Islamic countries is evident, there is another more subtle form of anti-Hindu sentiment within the institutions and public sphere of ostensibly secular states (such as India) which provides an environment conducive to Hinduphobia and hate crimes. This subtle, everyday discrimination can be missed unless you study the prevailing laws and patterns. The phased ban on firecrackers during Diwali is a good example of this – it may seem pollution-related at first glance, but the double standards at play become apparent when looking at the wider picture of restrictions on Hindu festivals and the lack of sound reasoning behind the ban.
We ask all readers to share any other anti-Hindu hate crimes we may have missed during this time in the comments below or by emailing [email protected] We are also seeking assistance in maintaining the Hindu Human Rights Monitoring Database.