Leaders of outstanding Islamic teams and mosques in India appealed to fellow Muslims on Monday to droop plans for protests in opposition to derogatory remarks concerning the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) made by two members of the ruling Hindu-nationalist get together.
The message to keep away from huge gatherings was circulated after demonstrations took a violent flip final week, resulting in the demise of two Muslim youngsters and the wounding of greater than 30 individuals, together with the police.
“It’s the responsibility of each Muslim to face collectively when anybody belittles Islam however on the similar time it’s essential to sustaining peace,” mentioned Malik Aslam, a senior member of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, a Muslim organisation that operates in a number of Indian states.
Early this month, two senior members of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Social gathering (BJP) made blasphemous remarks that offended Muslims. A celebration spokeswoman made the offending remark in a tv debate and a celebration spokesman on social media.
The BJP ‘suspended’ each of them and mentioned it denounced any insult in direction of any faith, and police have additionally filed instances in opposition to the 2.
Police arrested not less than 400 suspected rioters throughout unrest in a number of states and curfews had been imposed and web companies had been suspended in some locations.
Many Muslims in India have been questioning their place in society since Modi got here to energy in 2014. Critics say Modi’s BJP has pursued a confrontational line, selling the concept India is a Hindu nation and rounded on “anti-national” opponents, which many Muslims see as an try to marginalise them, a group that makes up 13% of India’s billion-plus inhabitants.
Authorities within the northern state of Uttar Pradesh on Sunday demolished the house of a Muslim man linked to the protests, drawing the condemnation of constitutional specialists and rights teams.
Muslims and rights teams interpreted the destruction of the home as punishment for the protests however state authorities mentioned it was as a result of it was illegally constructed on public land.
“We’re not demolishing homes to cease Muslims from protesting as they’ve all the proper to take to the streets,” an aide to the state’s hardline Hindu chief instructed Reuters.
Modi has not commented on the anti-Islam remarks that sparked the protests at the same time as condemnation grew overseas.
Nations together with Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Oman and Iran, necessary commerce companions for India, have lodged diplomatic protests.