Indian Police file case against head of Amnesty International for raising his voice for Muslims and Dalits
Police in the southern Indian city of Bangalore has registered a case against Aakar Patel, a former head of Amnesty International India and a well-known journalist, for a tweet in which he demands that India must protest for Muslims, Dalits and minorities of India just like people protesting in the United States.
Police allege that Aakar Patel used his tweet to incite India’s minority community to stage ‘Black Lives Matter’ type protest.
Avinash Kumar, head of Amnesty International India, has strongly condemned the filing of a case against Aakar Patel, the former head of his organization.
India has become an epicenter of Islamophobia in Asia, with reports of oppression committed against the large Muslim population pouring every day amid the coronavirus or COVID-19 pandemic.
Rising anti-Islamic rhetoric, hate crimes, violations of rights of Muslims, and blaming them for the spread of the pandemic and of late now the police action against students and activists who had participated in the peaceful demonstrations against the controversial citizenship law has raised serious questions on the democratic credentials of the country.
While countries worldwide are releasing prisoners intending to curb the spread of the virus, the Indian government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been on the spree of arresting activists and filling up the prisons.
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