Petition filed against “Islamophobic coverage of Coronavirus” in India

Prime News, Nation, (New Delhi), April 7:-A petition has been filed by the Jamiat in the Supreme Court with regards to the “victimisation of the entire Muslim community” post the Tablighi Jamaat coronavirus hotspot emerging in the country. The petition seeks a ban on the islamophobic coverage of coronavirus on many portals of electronic and print media, using terms such as “corona jihaad”, “islamic insurrection”.

The petition further read that, “In addition to the foregoing, there were several fake reports/or videos circulated on social media, showing Muslims in bad light. For instance, a fake video of Sufi followers indulging in mass sneezing or another fake video showing Muslim persons licking vessels allegedly to perpetrate the spread of Coronavirus in the country. The social media websites were flooded with such videos demeaning the Muslim community without any basis.”

It is submitted that such reporting has triggered communal antagonism and has also perpetrated hatred, resulting in fissiparous tendencies gaining foothold, undermining and affecting communal harmony the petition added.

-(NAV, Inputs: Agencies)  

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