Muzaffarpur: On Friday, a Muslim man reached Muzaffarpur police station to request the police to re-open the three-year-old case where he was allegedly assaulted. Faizal was assaulted in 2016 by a mob over a fight for a seat in an auto rickshaw. Police did not file it as a case of communal violence. However, after three years of the incident, Faizal has yet again approached the police, this time to report it under IPC sections 295 (hurting religious sentiments).
Faizal said that he was forced to chant “Jai Shri Ram” and he initially forgot to report the cops about it as he was very scared and couldn’t recollect the incident. Faizal also said that his Abbu Jaan who died due to heart attack was also murmuring ‘Ram-Rahim’ something in his last breath so there’s a possibility that he was also forced to chant Jai Shri Ram at one point of his life. It was this constant fear of Jai Shri Ram that scared him for life.
This isn’t the only case when a minority person has been asked to chant Jai Shri Ram, another incident has come to light from Kota, a city in Rajasthan, where a man from the minority community was asked to chant Jai Shri Ram. Aman Jain, who was visiting a temple near his home, was looking at his phone when the Aarti at the temple was underway and the moment when the Aarti got over, everyone chanted Jai Shri Ram loudly, thus peer-pressurising Aman into chanting the same. Details on this case are awaited.