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‘Criticizing Minorities Unacceptable’: America’s second Tough Message for India after Jihad Label on Covid-19

A man wearing a protective mask walks towards a bus that will take him to a quarantine facility, amid concerns about the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Nizamuddin, area of New Delhi, India, March 31, 2020. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

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New Delhi: Alice g Wells, a leading US State Department diplomat responsible for Central and South Asia, described as “attacking ethnic and religious minorities” rather than unacceptable.

“It is unacceptable to insult ethnic or religious minorities at any time and anywhere,” he said in his tweet. Let us not let anxiety and fear #covid19 separate us…”

This happened after the US Ambassador for International Religious Freedom, Sam Brownbeck, said Friday that India’s “Jihad Crown” trend was “unfortunate.”

“The government is wrong to do so,” he said. The government should really leave it and make it very clear that this is not the source of the coronavirus, not religious minorities.”

“We hope that the host government will vigorously reverse this responsibility,” he said. He added, however, that he had not held specific discussions on the issue with Indian officials.

Following reports of a covid-19 broadcast by Drini Zamuddin, where a religious demonstration took place in the first half of March, there was not only opposition against tablighi jamaat members who participated in the event, but reports of harassment of Muslims began to increase.

Social media saw a proliferation of fake news about how minority communities in India deliberately spread covid-19, so police had to begin to officially post these reports on social media. The label “coronajihad” became popular on Twitter on the Twitter site.

There have also been cases of discrimination against people in the north-east of the country. In one case, a girl posted her own photo on social networks because of “spreading the infection”.

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