Muslims try to desecrate Hindu temple idols in Haryana, beat up priest and family

A shocking incident has come to light from Bisru village in Haryana’s Mewat (Nuh) where Muslims tried to desecrate Hindu idols inside a temple complex and then brutally assaulted the priest, his wife and several others when they tried to object. This event came to my attention through the website Hindupost.in.

According to local media, Prahladi, the wife of the temple priest Vedram came to fill water around 8 AM in the morning from the tap located inside the temple premises.

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At that point she noticed that two Muslim men, Aleem and Raka, were inside the temple touching the idols in a highly inappropriate manner. When Prahladi tried to object, she was first verbally assaulted. Later, when her husband Vedram came to the spot, he was beaten up and Prahladi was even dragged around by her hair. When some local Hindus came to the spot and tried to resist, the two Muslim men summoned a mob of around 18-20 men who arrived in Bolero cars and motorcycles. Prominent among them were Jamshed (son of Mahmooda), Major (son of Mahmooda), Kallu (son of Rahman) and Taleem (son of Jarjesh). In particular, Taleem used an iron rod to hit one of the Hindus (Rohtas, son of Ram Singh) on the head and strike him down unconscious.

This shocking incident raises two important issues.

First, it brings to light yet again the problem within Muslim society of carrying out violence against “non-believers”, especially those who are seen as worshipping idols. Another instance we can easily recall comes from this Opindia report about a Hindu sadhvi from Delhi putting her temple up for sale because she could no longer deal with the harassment and meat throwing by members of the Muslim community.

Within Islam, the practise of idol worship or “shirk” is seen as an unforgivable offense. The hateful attitudes and prejudices shaped by this are naturally a big problem in India, where vast numbers of Hindus prefer to have idols in their homes, their temples and pray to several deities. As seen in this instance above and several others, Hindus in India regularly come under attack from Muslim groups with hardline views against idol worship.

As with most social evils, the problem of violence by Muslims against idol worshippers needs to be tackled at two levels : at the legal level and at the social level.

At the legal level, we first need to frame strict laws protecting those who come under attack for worshipping idols. This should broadly take the form of something like a Prevention of Atrocities Act that would cover everything from idol desecration, to targeted violence against idol worshippers to social boycott and harassment of any person because he/she worships idols.  There should also be an autonomous commission constituted by the government where victims can report such crimes independently and receive justice.

At the social level, we need NGOs & media, perhaps with government support, to run awareness programs among the Muslim community to explain the evils of prejudice against non-believers and/or idol worshippers.

The second issue that this incident raises is that of media coverage and the way we collect data. As seen in a widely reported and widely appreciated recent analysis of cow related violence by IndiaSpend, the standard way to collect data on mob violence is through Google searches of English language media.

This methodology also appears to be endorsed by distinguished academics such as Prof. Ashutosh Varshney, who constructed his celebrated (Varshney – Wilkinson) dataset on Hindu-Muslim violence on the basis of reports from Times of India, Mumbai edition.

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However, in the case of this incident from Mewat, it does not seem to have been covered by the English language media. I say this of course on the basis of my Google searches through English language media, just like IndiaSpend did.

As such, this shocking incident from Mewat and the failure of English language media to report it raises serious questions for the credibility of the “data” on mob violence that is being circulated about our country in both academic and media circles. For the sake of academic integrity, we do hope that those who support the “English language media methodology”, such as the data journalists at IndiaSpend and senior academics like Prof. Varshney will have a good explanation.

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7 thoughts on “Muslims try to desecrate Hindu temple idols in Haryana, beat up priest and family

  1. Main stream media is blind to attacks on Hindus and their beliefs. Sagarika ghost recently wrote implying attacks on Hindus and threat is all cooked up. This is what gives Muslim bigots tooth and claw. All Muslims are not violent but they know that all Hindus are Kafirs and deserve second class treatment. In next half a century, it will be survival of the fittest. There is no religion in the world that can co-exist with Islam peacefully. The core ideology of Islam is to convert whole mankind, start fighting within and perish.

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    1. “The core ideology of Islam is to convert whole mankind, start fighting within and perish.” But same is true for Christianity too.

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      1. Yes, but luckily Christianity has been through a Renaissance and a process of Reformation. It is no longer common for Christianity to seek converts through outright violent conquest.

        In a narrow sense, that makes Christianity less dangerous than Islam, i.e., a Hindu living in a Christian majority area generally wouldn’t have to fear for his life or worry about physical harm.

        On a wider civilizational level, this ironically makes Christianity harder to fight. Because Christianity is slowly eating away our roots, using money, inducements, bribes and deals to get its way. So one has to combat Christianity cleverly, understanding their moves and motivations and devising effective responses in terms of money and propaganda.

        I have myself long been in favor of a “deal” with Christian missionaries. They are mostly funded by devout Christians in the West (typically America, Germany and Australia). These same people are also rabidly anti-Islam. So, we have a common threat. The Hindu right wing should approach their Western backers with a deal to join forces against Islam in exchange for calling off the missionaries in India.

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  2. This is the reason most people have completely lost trust and faith in traditional media like newspapers and TV channels. Both are extremely biased and dont report news when the Jehadis run amok. One can only imagine the amount of coverage the incident would have got if the shoe was on the other foot.

    Society needs to now question what purpose the current newspapers and TV channels are serving and whose purpose they are serving. They seem to be full of obnoxious, Hindu haters who live on Hindu dole (themselves being non-productive elements of the society) and yet hurt Hindu interests.

    No amount of legal and social efforts is going to solve this problem. This is Jehadi mindset in action and legal and social methods do not work with Jehadis.

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  3. The fact, this incidence is reported by media, may it be in hindi, it can still be used for analytical reporting as data, in such societal aggression.
    Reason, for this, is the fact ‘google’ search can be done in ‘local’ hindi language.

    The link to this reported article, in local language, hindi :: http://lokhitexpress.com/?p=44729

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    1. Friend, welcome to commenting on this blog. The link from Lokhit Express you have given is already present in the screenshot in my original article.

      The question is about using Google searches through “English Language Media”. IndiaSpend has recently claimed that such data can be used for a reasonable picture of mob violence in India. Further, Prof. Varshney has claimed that reports from a single English language paper : ToI Mumbai edition provides an authentic picture of Hindu-Muslim violence in India.

      Since this even has not been reported in English language media (and certainly not in ToI Mumbai edition) I feel that IndiaSpend owes us a good explanation. Even more so for Prof. Varshney, who has used ToI Mumbai Edition to construct a dataset in wide use in academic circles.

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