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Poll | Dadri murder, Garba ban: India’s secular fabric threatened?

The lynching of a man in Uttar Pradesh’s Bisada village over rumours that he ate beef and the ban on Muslims at Garba events in Gujarat’s Mandvi town are two incidents that have called into question the secular fabric of India.

india Updated: Oct 05, 2015 12:24 IST
Hindustan Times
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Family members mourn the death of Ikhlaq who was killed by a mob over an allegation of cow slaughtering at Bisada village in Greater Noida, India, on Wednesday, September 30, 2015. (Burhaan Kinu / Hindustan Times)

A right-wing group on Sunday issued a “diktat” barring the entry of Muslims at Garba events during the upcoming Navratri festival at Mandvi town in Gujarat’s Kutch district.

Raghuvirsinh Jadeja, president of Hindu Yuva Sangthan, said this was to prevent “love jihad” incidents.

“Incidents of love jihad where Muslim boys lure and marry our Hindu girls happen at Garba. Our only aim is to protect our girls,” said Jadeja, who is also chief of Vishwa Hindu Parishad of the Mandvi tehsil unit

On September 28, a mob attacked 50-year-old Mohammad Ikhlaq’s house in Uttar Pradesh’s Bisada village, accusing the family of butchering a calf. It lynched Ikhlaq and left his younger son Danish critically injured. Danish, who has undergone two surgeries, is still not out of danger.

During a visit to the village on Sunday, controversial BJP lawmaker Sangeet Som warnedthe state government that it would have to pay a price for favouring the Muslim community as he met the families of the men accused of murdering Ikhlaq .

Are such incidents a threat to India’s secular fabric?

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To ‘protect’ Hindu girls, Muslims barred from Gujarat Garba event

First Published: Oct 05, 2015 12:18 IST