Iranian social media users have launched a campaign against India’s discriminatory measures targeting Muslims and the deadly acts of violence perpetrated by pro-government Hindu mobs towards the country’s largest religious minority.
They flooded the Instagram page of Indian Union Home Minister Amit Shah with comments on his latest post, decrying India’s brutal crackdown on the Muslim community.
In August 2019, the administration of India’s Hindu nationalist Prime Minister Narendra Modi unilaterally abrogated a constitutional provision that provided a semblance of autonomy to Jammu and Kashmir, India’s only Muslim-majority state.
Four months later, New Delhi passed a controversial citizenship law that is widely denounced as Islamophobic and a threat to the country’s secular constitution.
The so-called Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) grants expedited citizenship to a bevy of non-Muslim minorities from India’s three Muslim-majority neighbors – Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan.
The Indian government is also seeking to update the National Population Register (NPR) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC), raising fears among India’s 200 million Muslims that they could soon be marginalized and classified as illegal immigrants.
Iranians also took to Twitter to condemn India’s anti-Muslim approach with the hashtag #WorldAgainstCAA.
Since the passage of the CAA in December 2019, Indians have held protests against the legislation, resulting in violent clashes that saw 75 people dead across the country.
Last week, the worst communal violence in decades took place in New Delhi, where at least 47 people were killed and more than 100 wounded.