A video is making rounds on the social media where a Hindu Mahant named Bajrang Muni Das in Khairabad town of Sitapur district in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh can be heard shouting he will abduct Muslim women from their homes and rape them in the open.
Muni Das is the Mahant of Maharshi Shri Lakshman Das Udasin Ashram in Khairabad town in Sitapur. Mahant is a religious superior, in particular, the chief of a temple or the head of a monastery in Hinduism.
The video was shot on 2 April in front of a mosque “Sheshe Wali Masjid” in Uttar Pradesh’s Sitapur area during a procession on the occasion of Navratri and Hindu New Year. Confirming it, Sitapur Police on Thursday tweeted that investigation into the said hate speech is already in progress.
“I am telling this to you with all the love that if a single Hindu girl is teased by you in Khairabad, I will openly bring your daughter and daughter-in-law out of your home and rape her,” Das said on a loudspeaker.
Even 6 days after the incident, no FIR has been lodged against Das and he hasn’t been arrested.
The saffron-wearing Mahant Das was accompanied by local police and surrounded by a large Hindu crowd. In the video, the crowd can be seen clapping at every word being shouted by Muni Das.
The 2 minutes 10 seconds video begins with Das asking the crowd to chant Jai Shri Ram.
Muslim groups and Opposition parties are alleging that Narendra Modi’s Union government and Yogi Aditynath’s state government are encouraging the concerted and wide-ranging offensive against Muslims including openly delivered hate speeches. Activists and analysts say calls for anti-Muslim violence – even genocide – are moving from the fringes to the mainstream, while the government keeps silent.
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