Authorities in India have charged a prominent Hindu monk for “inciting religious violence” after he called for a “Muslim genocide” during a 3-day conference in the northwestern city of Haridwar in India.
On Saturday, Yati Narsinghanand Giri, a vocal supporter of far-right Hindu organisations, was initially arrested for making extremely offensive and derogatory statements about women before he was charged with promoting “enmity between different groups on grounds of religion” for his hate speech during the conference event.
Senior police officer, Swatantra Kumar, described him as a “repeat offender” and formally charged him on Monday. He is being held in custody for 14 days. If found guilty of the crime, he faces 5 years in jail.
The news comes after the Indian Supreme Court was forced to intervene after growing tensions between religious groups around the country. Millions of Muslims have been at threat after prominent Hindu leaders called for a “genocide” to try and eradicate the growing population.
“If 100 of us are ready to kill two million of them, then we will win and make India a Hindu nation,” said Pooja Shakun Pandey, a leader of Hindu Mahasabha, a Hindu nationalist movement. “Be ready to kill and go to jail.”
Since then, hate crimes against the religious group have spiked, with video footage and photographs being shared on social media showing them being attacked and beaten in the streets. Gangs of Hindu nationalists have been purposefully seeking out Muslim victims in order to intimidate them into submission and with the government remaining primarily silent on the issue, it’s been an extremely growing concern over the past few months.
Gregory Stanton, Founder of Genocide Watch, has warned that a “genocide could very well happen in India,” also adding that there are “early signs” of it occurring right now throughout the country.
Hopefully, the rest of the perpetrators are also brought to justice as soon as possible.
This is a developing story and will be updated accordingly.