As if being Hindu in the state of Hindus is crime now! Hindus living in Muslim-dominated areas of Malpura wards 12 and 21 of Tonk, Rajasthan have placed posters outside their homes that they are being forced to abandon their homes and shops, citing threats from the minority communities in the area.
More than a 100s belonging to these same terrorized Hindu families took out a poster march and submitted a memorandum to the Malpura SDM office, demanding justice. They then submitted a memorandum to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, requesting protection.
The memorandum alleges assault on Hindus, molestation and physical abuse, sexual remarks, and other indecent treatment towards non-Muslim women living in Muslim-dominated areas. The exodus of 600 to 800 Hindu households who sold their homes and moved out of the region recently has been documented.
For the past many days, these families that remained in Malpura have been pleading with administrative and police personnel for protection but to no avail. They say that they are still there largely due to financial restrictions and not out of choice. Around 200 Hindu families have been begging protection from the administration for a long time.
Rather than help, the Congress government of Ashok Gehlot asked police to repeatedly remove posters from outside Hindu homes. But despairing Hindus put up fresh posters. The police are warning Hindus calling the act of hanging posters outside their houses an “act to disturb the communal harmony of the city”! The Malpura administration is trying to mute Hindu cries for help and warned the Hindus to remove such posters from their homes.
The exodus in fact has been going on since 1992 and insecurity and fear amongst the Hindu society living near Muslim settlements has increased over time. Those fleeing were fleeced and their assets were ‘bought’ at throwaway prices by the Muslim community. It is a classic case of land jihad at work, which is often preceded by sexual assaults, petty crime, low-level rioting and targeted attacks on businesses, residential areas and places of worship.
Hindu fears are not baseless since illegal meat markets have come up near temples and temple murtis are being shifted elsewhere. Jain and Hindu temples in the neighborhood have been forced to close following security concerns from the radicalised Muslim population. After Independence, 8 communal clashes occurred in Malpura and around 50 people lost their lives. In 1992, 25 people and in 2000, 13 people died. It is noteworthy that the first communal dispute took place in Malpura town in 1952. Including the 1952 incident, eight times communal tension has arisen in Malpura. The town was recently subjected to a curfew in 2019, after some miscreants threw stones during a Dussehra procession, causing communal unrest.