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Amid the rising instances of hate speech, targeted attacks on minorities and harassment on digital media platforms, The Wire’s Arfa Khanum Sherwani speaks about the rights of Muslims, insecurity in the community and more.
On January 1, many Muslim women found themselves on ‘auction’ on an app. A few days later, three members of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad dragged a Muslim man and his Hindu travelling companion out of an Ajmer-bound train, at Ujjain railway station in Madhya Pradesh, accusing the former of ‘love jihad’. In Karnataka’s Udupi, six female students are not being allowed entry into classrooms for wearing a hijab. Right-wing Hindutva groups protested in Gurugram against Muslims reading namaz in open spaces.