Human rights activist sees a pattern in communal violence
Human rights activist Shabnam Hashmi expressed here on Tuesday her fear that the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi’s methods of inciting communal violence, seen employed in Gujarat, are being exported to other States.
“Our fear is that now these methods are being exported to other States,” she told journalists.
As if as an instance Ms. Hashmi accused the former Gujarat Home Minister Amit Shah of inciting communal hatred when he was deputed to Uttar Pradesh by Mr. Modi nine months before communal riots broke out in Muzaffarnagar in August.
“It is an extension of the communal riots in Gujarat because nine months before the communal riots broke out in Muzaffarnagar Modi decided to send his right hand Amit Shah to Uttar Pradesh and all he did was to sow the seeds of hatred there,” she said.
“Finally, we saw the kind of communal riots which have never taken place in Muzaffarnagar, not even in 1947, or after the demolition of Babri Masjid,” added Ms. Hashmi.
Explaining the reason to describe the communal riots in Muzaffarnagar as an extension of the riots that took place in Gujarat in 2002, she said that the pattern of “sexual violence which was inflicted on the bodies of Muslim women in Muzaffarnagar is no different from the violence on the bodies of Muslim women in Gujarat”.