Amnesty: India Police Flogging Muslims ‘Serious Rights Violation’

Photo: Reuters [via Al Jazeera]

The Facts

  • Human rights group Amnesty International has condemned the public flogging of Muslims by police in the BJP-ruled Indian state of Gujarat. A video of Tuesday's incident in the village of Udhela constitutes, "a serious human rights violation," according to the organization, and shows, "utter disrespect towards the law."

  • Viral recordings show Muslim men, who were detained for allegedly throwing stones during Hindu celebration Navrati Garba, tied to a pole and publicly flogged with canes by officers in plain clothes. Meanwhile, police in uniform stand by along with a significant crowd that included women and children cheering and chanting.

The Spin

Narrative A

Islamaphobia is the norm in Modi's India, having been condoned and even encouraged by the BJP. Intolerance of religious minorities, especially muslims, has always been a central feature of Hindu nationalist ideology in India — this latest incident is just further evidence of this oppressive framework cementing itself practically in Indian society.

Narrative B

Only religious codes which don't intervene with the lifestyle of other religious groups would be feasible in a democracy such as India's. Although the content of Tuesday's video hasn't been fully clarified, authorities have confirmed that detained Muslims were targeting a Hindu festival and that innocent bystanders were injured as a result. When religious practices undermine the Indian system and Constitution, they must face scrutiny.

Nerd narrative

There is a 55% chance that there will be a non-BJP Prime Minister of India before 2030, according to the Metaculus prediction community.

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