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Muslims in India flogged, beaten for allegedly interrupting Navratri celebrations

14 Muslim men arrested in Madhya Pradesh for allegedly entering garba venues
Published 05 Oct, 2022 04:17pm
<p>A house of a Muslim resident being demolishes in Madhya Pradesh’s Surjani village. Photo via Maktoob</p>

A house of a Muslim resident being demolishes in Madhya Pradesh’s Surjani village. Photo via Maktoob

At least nine Muslim men were flogged and beaten for allegedly disrupting Navratri celebrations by police in the Kheda region of Gujarat, India, media reported.

They were flogged in front of the public on Tuesday, Muslim Mirror, an online media platform, reported.

Local news outlet VTV Gujarati News also shared the video and said: “10-11 heretics were brought to the village, where the police taught them a lesson in public” in Undhela village.

The police inspector in charge of the region was also there, and the guys were instructed to “apologise to the public,” according to the report.

Hindustan Times reported on Tuesday that at least 14 Muslim men had been arrested in Madhya Pradesh’s Indore city over the past week after “vigilantes” from Bajrang Dal — a Hindu nationalist organisation — handed them over to the police for allegedly entering Garba venues.

“New India is Medieval India: Nine Muslim men are being publicly flogged while crowd is doing nationalist chant in Modi’s state Gujarat!” Indian origin-professor of Peace and Conflict Research at the Uppsala University Ashok Swain said in a tweet.

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