25 January 2023: Assam resident Mofidul Islam has landed in jail for expressing his love for Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan. Islam, a fan of the "Badshah of Bollywood," was arrested after purchasing 120 tickets for the film "Pathaan."
The incident has sparked widespread outrage and condemnation of the police's actions.
According to sources, the arrest is part of a larger campaign by Hindutva extremists to eliminate Muslim representation in the Indian film industry.
This campaign has previously targeted actors such as Aamir Khan and Kareena Kapoor, who have faced boycott efforts due to their Muslim identities and relationships.
It is believed that the Hindutva are attempting to suppress the Muslim influence in the Bollywood industry, and the arrest of Mofidul Islam is seen as a part of this campaign.
The arrest of Mofidul Islam, however, appears to be connected to two specific factors. First, Hindutva extremists are attempting to suppress the "Pathaan" film, and fans like Islam who purchase bulk tickets are seen as hindering their efforts. They want to stop the success of the movie, and by buying bulk tickets, Mofidul was seen as a threat to their agenda.
Secondly, Islam is a leader of the North-East Minorities Students' Union (NEMSU), and his ticket purchase was seen as a challenge to the Hindutva boycott campaign.
Hindutva see him as a leader of a group that represents minorities, and his action is perceived as a direct challenge to their agenda.
This incident has raised questions about freedom of expression and the role of the police in protecting citizens' rights.
It has also brought attention to the ongoing efforts by Hindutva groups to suppress the Muslim community in India.
The authorities must take action to ensure that citizens' rights are protected and that such incidents do not occur in the future.
Disclaimer: (Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the 12ummah staff; the rest of the content is just translated from below sources. The views expressed here are those of the original authors and do not necessarily represent, reflect or endorsed by the staff, management, committee, donors or other partners of 12ummah.com)
Source: Times of India | India Today