India’s Supreme Court investigates calls for ‘genocide’ of Muslims

At a conference in Uttarakhand last month, the Supreme Court intervened when Hindu religious leaders called for arms against Muslims.

India’s Supreme Court has issued a notice to a state in the northern Himalayas after a petition sought to indict several Hindu religious leaders for allegedly calling “genocide” Muslims at a closed-door meeting last month.

Three Supreme Court justices said on Wednesday they were informing the Uttarakhand government that they would investigate the case next week.

In December, at a meeting in the holy city of Haridwar in northern Uttarakhand state, religious leaders called on Hindus to arm themselves to kill Muslims, according to the police complaint.

Police said they are questioning suspects over hate speech, but no arrests have been made.

Video of the incident sparked outrage, prompting calls for action. In a widely circulated clip, a spokesman for the rally told the crowd that people should not worry about going to jail for killing Muslims.

“Even if we were a hundred soldiers and killed two million, we would have won…Only with this attitude, you can protect ‘sanatana dharma’ [an absolute form of Hinduism],” the woman said.

Uttarakhand is ruled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which came to power in 2014 and led to a surge in attacks against Muslims and other minorities.

Bar said the petition filed by retired judge Anjana Prakash said the speeches given at the gathering of Hindu religious leaders “not only pose a serious threat to the unity and integrity of our nation, but also endanger the lives of millions of Muslim citizens.” & Bench, an online portal for Indian legal news.

Muslims in India have been subjected to discrimination and religious persecution under the BJP government, which critics say aims to marginalize Muslims and transform secular, democratic India into a Hindu state.

The chairman of Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind, India’s largest socio-religious Muslim organization, accused the government of turning a blind eye to hate speech directed at the Muslim community.

Last month, Indian police Arrest of a Hindu religious leader, Kalicharan Maharaj, allegedly made derogatory remarks about Indian independence leader Mohandas Gandhi and praised his assassins.

In 1948, Gandhi was shot dead by a Hindu extremist at a prayer meeting in the Indian capital for his call for Hindu-Muslim unity during the division of the Indian subcontinent into India and Pakistan by British colonial rulers in 1947.

In the northern state of Haryana, also governed by the BJP, Hindu vigilantes tried last month to stop muslims Friday prayers are offered by chanting religious slogans and questioning believers in front of tight police security.

In November, Hindu hardliners set fire To the home of Salman Khurshid, a Muslim former foreign minister, he compared the Hindu nationalism booming under Modi to “extremist groups” such as ISIL.

In addition, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh have enacted anti-conversion laws, while other states have announced their intention to introduce similar legislation.

The laws are a response to a conspiracy theory that accuses Muslim men of luring Hindu women into marriage with the aim of forcing them to convert to Islam. Anti-conversion laws were also justified by allegations that Christian missionaries were involved in the conversion of poor Hindus. Many churches have come under attack in recent months.

Modi’s BJP and his ideological far-right Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) have warned Hindus about religious conversions to Islam and Christianity, and call to action Prevent “demographic imbalances” in the world’s second most populous country.

Muslims make up nearly 14% of India’s 1.4 billion population. Hindus still make up nearly 80 percent of the population.One Pew Research A report published last September showed fertility rates had fallen across all religious groups, and the country’s religious makeup had barely changed since 1951.