The US said that use of the term #CoronaJihad was “unfortunate”. The US said the government should clear all doubts and state very clearly that this is not the source of the coronavirus.
India experienced the biggest community transmission of the coronavirus in the past few days because of the congregation held by the Tablighi Jamaat, an influential Islamic missionary movement.
The event at the Nizamuddin Markaz in New Delhi that took place last month is the single reason for India reporting a record rise in positive cases of Covid-19.
This led many to start a hashtag on social media against the Muslim community calling it #CoronaJihad. #CoronaJihad — the term has been used to hint or indicate that somehow the coronavirus has been spread by the Muslim community.
The US on Thursday said that use of the term was “unfortunate”. During a briefing by the Samuel D Brownback, Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom Office of International Religious Freedom, he said that the US administration was tracking many instances of blaming of the minority communities for the Covid-19 virus.
To a question on the hashtag trending in India, Brownback said, “We are tracking the blaming of religious minorities for Covid-19 virus, and unfortunately, it is – it’s happening in various places. This is wrong by governments to do this.”
He urged governments to clearly state the origin of the virus and ensure that there is no targeting of the minorities.
“The governments really should put this down and state very clearly that this is not the source of the coronavirus. It’s not the religious minority communities. And they should go out there in open messaging and say no, this is not what happened. We know where this virus originated. We know it’s a pandemic, the whole world is being subjected to and it’s not something from religious minorities. But unfortunately, we are seeing that sort of blame game getting started up in different places around the world, and we hope it gets pushed back aggressively by those host governments,” Brownback said.
Source: India Today