Issue Brief on “The Recent Anti-Muslim Violence in India”

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Introduction

April 2, 2022, marked the first day of the Hindu New Year and to rejoice the religious festivities; nonetheless, a traumatic communal incident occurred at Karauli in the Indian state of Rajasthan, where following a premeditated plan, the extremist Hindu activists of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) set Muslim homes, shops, garages, and vehicles on fire. According to media reports, anti-Muslim violence erupted in a Muslim majority area of Karauli after Hindu activists organised a bike rally and continuously chanted provocative slogans such as….. for Hindu New Year celebrations. Such slogans insulted Muslim faith and large speakers were used to broadcast Hindutva songs, inciting violence against Muslims.[1] After the violent incident, the authorities imposed a curfew and suspended internet services.[2] On April 4, the Rajasthan Police caught 46 individuals and confined seven others for cross-examination following the distressful episode.[3]

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