13 July 2022: Madrasa students of Unnao district of Uttar Pradesh complained that they were forced to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’, and were assaulted when they refused to do so.

The phrase has been used as a war-cry and often forced on Muslims and other minorities in India. The slogan was coined by Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, a Hindu supremacist who wanted India to be a Hindu state.

The slogan has been used by the Hindutva groups to terrorize Muslims, as a way of forcing Muslims to leave India.

According to the complaint filed by the principal of the Darul Uloom Faiz-e-Aam madrasa, Nisar Ahmed Miswahi, four men thrashed the students on Thursday after they refused to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’, and were also given life threats.

Miswahi told the media, “Students from the madrasa go to the playground every Thursday. Some of them ran away when Hindutva youths arrived there. These youths not only assaulted the boys, but also used objectionable language…”

The police superintendent MP Verma said “Darul Uloom madrasa students were assaulted by four persons and sustained injuries. We got a complaint and registered the case; two persons have been taken into custody and police were interrogating.”

Their detention led to protests by Hindutva groups at the police station. On Friday morning, BJYM, VHP and Bajrang Dal workers gheraoed the police station, demanded that the two be released. The VHP later submitted a memorandum to the Verma, saying “no innocent should be punished”.

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Source:  The Indian Express

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