November 25 is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. The color orange is chosen by the United Nations to represent a brighter future, free from violence against women and girls.
Unfortunately, the same orange color is the hallmark color of Hindutva, which is far-Right Extremism and Terrorism, known by its acronym FRET.
Credible reports suggest that the country’s 200+ million Muslims are subject to planned and targeted threats, assault, sexual violence, and killings in India.
Evidence is mounting that the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) government is encouraging some of the most flagrant anti-Muslim discrimination seen in any democracy.
A Hindutva leader openly in front of large audiences called upon Hindus to “rape and impregnate Muslim women.” Another leader threatens to rape Muslim women on loud speakers in front of a Mosque.
More recently, Muslim women have become targets of a unique and insidious ire. In July 2021, an app called “Sulli Deals” surfaced that reportedly allowed men to bid on the profiles of featured Muslim women. Rather than an actual sales platform, the app, hosted on GitHub, functioned only to humiliate the women who appeared on it.
Muslim women are humiliated in creative ways offline as well. Last December, a government college in the southern state of Karnataka barred six students from entering the classroom for wearing hijabs.
A Muslim student and a Hindu student committed suicide due to harassment by Hindutva groups in sperate incidents.
In 2002 Gujarat pogrom that left 2,000 dead and 200,000 displaced - and involved horrific sexual violence against Muslim women, under the Modi’s watch. Women and girls were specifically targeted.
Today, in mass gatherings, many Hindutva leaders allied to the BJP are making open calls for a genocide of Muslims with impunity, and Muslim women are being targeted in ways which display the characteristics of imminent genocide seen elsewhere in the world.
Convicted rapists and murderers were released into public society by order of the government. In many cases the criminals were given political career under the Hindutva political entities.
Urging the global bodies like United Nations, European Union, Organization of Islamic Cooperation etc., to act immediately, the situation emphasize the need for international attention. ‘The world must not look away’. And nor should Muslim females across the globe - on International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and on every other day.
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