Islamophobia runs deep in India, at least in two very important domains, media and intelligence community. While media, of late, has been showing its true color by lampooning Islam and Muslims, things have crossed every limit of decency and criticism.
This has been more than evident over the unending discussion on triple talaq and love jihad. Muslims are being condemned day and night in the garb of treatment of their women, notwithstanding the fact that not a single woman has ever been reported to have died due to triple talaq or instant triple talaq.
The people who sit in the air-conditioned television studios have probably never gone to Vrindavan to see the deplorable condition of Hindu women who are forced out of their houses to spend their widowhood in absolute penury and deprivation. These people will never speak a word about the women who are not given the right to remarry after their husbands’ demise or given any right in inheritance.
Have they ever seen a Muslim widow going out begging in streets or being driven out of her home after her husband’s death? In many cases these women are able to remarry as Islam puts great importance on remarriage of widows and divorced women.
Similar is the case of baseless discussion on love jihad. It is surprising that the courts have been made to believe that a Muslim man can force a woman from other religions in India to marry him. In a country where Muslims are lynched in their homes for possessing beef inside their refrigerators, this is simply unimaginable. Inter-religious marriages are a natural phenomenon in a multi-cultural and multi-religious society and I known both Muslim men marrying Hindu women and Hindu men marrying Muslim women.
But recently every limit of decency was crossed when in the course of discussion on Times Now a former RAW boss insulted the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). A video of RAW officer RSN Singh is going viral in which he insulted Prophet Muhammad in unprecedented way and tried to demonize him.
In the video, Singh, who’s known for his bigoted views and a regular panelist on Times Now on debates concerning Kashmir, Pakistan and anti-Muslim issues, uses derogatory language for the most revered personality in Islam after God. He then goes on to make insane and factually incorrect comments about the revered wife of the Prophet (Pbuh) accusing her of having murdered Hazrat Ali (AS), fourth caliph and first Imam and his sons.
Singh is described as an intelligence expert, who has reportedly served in the Indian army and RAW in the past. He’s usually seen shouting loudly and losing his temper while indulging in brawls with fellow panelists- an act not approved by even people who share the same bigoted views on social media.
The diatribe is unprecedented in the sense that the man who was moderating the discussion didn’t stop him from uttering such sacrilegious words. Experts are of the view that Singh’s hateful utterances make it a perfect case of criminal act under Section 153 A since his comments promote enmity ‘between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc., and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony.’
What is Section 153A of IPC
153A. Promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc., and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony.—
(a) by words, either spoken or written, or by signs or by visible representations or otherwise, promotes or attempts to promote, on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, caste or community or any other ground whatsoever, disharmony or feelings of enmity, hatred or ill-will between different religious, racial, language or regional groups or castes or communities, or
(b) commits any act which is prejudicial to the maintenance of harmony between different religious, racial, language or regional groups or castes or communities, and which disturbs or is likely to disturb the public tranquility…
Times Now halfhearted apology
Meanwhile Times Now channel that is one of the leaders when it comes to spreading Islamophobia in the country has expressed his regret over the incident. Its editor-in-chief, Rahul Shivshankar, said, “It has been brought to my notice that during a particularly heated debate on an expose by Times Now, one panelist went on to insult the Prophet (PBUH). I condemn the sentiments expressed by Col. RSN Singh. I have been always a strict votary of unity. Any attempt to undermine the unity of our society is abhorrent to me. I must take this opportunity to, therefore, express regret and disassociate myself from such commentary.”