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Tension in Aligarh is ‘party’ made?

A communal clash between two communities over an incident of eve teasing has prompted ten Hindu families in Aligarh district to seek permission for selling their properties. This comes close on the heels of reports of migration by Hindu families in Kairana in Shamli district last month. Hindu families’, those who have packed their bags, have been asked by Aligarh Police to reconsider their decision. Aligarh Mayor Shakuntala Bharti is following the footsteps of his colleague Hukum Singh, who reported migration by Hindu families in Kairana in Shamli last month, which was proven wrong by the local administration and people itself there.

Ms Bharti forced people to submit their affidavits urging the administration to buy their houses and shops, stating that they are fearful. When she became Mayor of Muslim dominated Aligarh in 2012, she said that, she is here to protect Cow and Woman (from Love jihad), which actually surprised many. Since then, what she has done for the girls of that area? Nothing. BJP is in power at the centre since 2014 and Modi is an elected representative of that state, then why these types of issues were not reported to him earlier? Suddenly ahead of UP elections, people are keen to leave UP and want to migrate elsewhere, why?

There were reports of brutal gangrape during Jat agitation in Haryana, a minor Dalit girl brutally raped and murdered in Maharashtra, but no one said they want to leave the state. Mumbai is hub of extortion but never did people say they want to migrate from this city. Have you ever thought, why people of Kairana and Aligarh grab headlines and that also with BJP leaders declaring their migration? Is it true or just cooked stories? Politics has gone low and human lives and values lower than that.

The entire issue ignited when some scoundrels pulled sari of a 19-year-old Hindu woman, the molestation instance led to stone pelting between the two groups. Actually, in old cities of Uttar Pradesh, the roads are narrow and very congested gallis, boys from a different community sit on both sides of the path and that becomes difficult for females to pass from that area. These days looking at the upcoming UP assembly elections, which is due next year in April-May, some elements are twisting and fueling riots like situation for political advantages. In Babri area – the area which is in question – very few Hindus are staying, and because of this, Hindu-Muslim minor clash is a daily event.

Ms Bharti, earlier also accused Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) of selling beef in a canteen attached to the Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College. Despite AMU’s clarification that it was a buffalo meat, Bharti pointed at a purported photo of the canteen menu on her phone that showed ‘beef biryani’ as one of the items. The canteen has since been closed. Its contract expired on February 23. However, Ms. Bharti propagated that the canteen shut down is a proof that there was something wrong. Actually, the beef controversy was an attempt to frame the university and tarnish its image. This is just one in the chain of events hitting universities in the country.

Those days, this mayor added that her work had two main focus areas. One was to protect cows from being slaughtered and the other was to protect Hindu girls from ‘love jihad’. If almost every other day, women belonging to Hindu families are being subjected to harassment and eve-teasing then why the reports are not registered in police station? Why Bharti was silent till date? If police refuses to act on the complaints and the accused persons, why she did not approach BJP supremo, media or social media? The saffron party is very active on social media. Bharti is the Mayor of Aligarh from last four years. BJP’s UP unit never came out of their comfort zone to help people, but as state elections are approaching, they are communalizing every issue. In the name of protecting cow, they are brutally killing and beating beef traders and affecting their businesses. Even, they propagated and created communal tensions in the name of Love Jihad, which miserably failed. Now, they come up once again with migration issue.

The woman and her husband were on their way home when the youth snatched her Phone and bag. When the woman shouted for help, people of both communities gathered outside, leading to a clash. Some unidentified miscreants fired in the air while a few allegedly tried to attack the woman’s husband with a knife. The police intervened, and the situation was brought under control. An FIR was filed against four youths — Nadeem, Suheil, Ismail and Danish — on charges of outraging modesty, while the rest are absconding. There is growing Social Unrest in Uttar Pradesh. There is indeed a breakdown of law and order, at all levels including the law enforcing agencies. The victim’s husband knows the accused personally, as he was born and raised in Babri Mandi. Nadeem (the main accused arrested in the case) and his aides are unemployed youth. They are goons who are threatening the people and loot them for survival. This was an attempt to grab their belongings.

Members of Hindu and Muslim communities stand divided on the existing scenario. Otherwise, locality is calm and people are fine. Local people blamed BJP and RSS for tension and said, they are showing their “true colours” again.

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Dr. Vaidehi Taman
Dr. Vaidehi is an Investigative Journalist, Editor, Ethical Hacker, Philanthropist, and an Author. She is Editor-in-Chief of Newsmakers Broadcasting and Communications Pvt. Ltd. Since 11 years, which features an English daily tabloid – Afternoon Voice, a Marathi web portal – Mumbai Manoos, monthly magazines like Hackers5, Beyond the news (international) and Maritime Bridges. She is also an EC Council Certified Ethical Hacker, Certified Security Analyst and is also a Licensed Penetration Tester which she caters for her sister-concern Kaizen-India Infosec Solutions Pvt. Ltd.

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