It’s about time Hindus started calling out Muslims for the threat they pose to the country, and not just for the spread of the virus. Back in March, the Tablighi Jamaat religious gathering of more than 3,000 Muslims created one of the biggest Chinavirus clusters in India, with outbreaks extending to at least six different Indian states. And today, the anti-Muslim backlash continues to fester.
Al-Jazeera Authorities in the Indian capital on Tuesday sealed off the premises of Tablighi Jamaat, accusing it of organizing a religious gathering from March 13-15 and ignoring the threat of the COVID-19 outbreak.
The Nizamuddin Markaz gathering in New Delhi, which attracted thousands of devotees some of whom were carriers of the virus, has become an excuse for several sections of India to paint Indian Muslims as bioterrorists. The hashtag #CoronaJihad is evidence. Many Hindus are blaming the Muslim community for the spread of coronavirus in India.
This prompted Omar Abdullah, the former Chief Minister of Jammu & Kashmir, to tweet that the anti-Muslim sentiments are “more dangerous than any virus nature could ever conjure up.”
VICE The Tablighi Jamaat gathering in New Delhi has led to positive COVID-19 cases in at least six Indian states including Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Telangana and Maharashtra, among others. As the total number of positive coronavirus cases continued to escalate, many reports are calling this gathering as a “super spreader” of the infection, which has reportedly led to deaths in Telangana, Srinagar, Andaman and Nicobar.