GUJARAT: The outbreak of coronavirus in India has set off a series of attacks against Muslims across the country, as Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist government is claiming that Muslims are spreading the virus.
In an unprecedented marginalization, the public hospital Ahmedabad Civil Hospital has made separate wards for Hindu and Muslim patients suffering from coronavirus.
Middle East Eye has quoted Medical Superintendent Dr Gunvant Rathod as saying that they had only implemented the order of the government representatives. He said normally a hospital had male and female wards, but they had to made Hindu and Muslim wards for treatment of Covid-19 patients.
A patient told that in the night of April 11 names of 28 men were called out who belonged to one religion then they were shifted to a separate ward. Upon inquiry, the hospital administration told that it was done for the comfort of both the communities.
Leading US daily, ‘The New York Times’, in a report said some Hindu nationalist politicians and their supporters were eagerly piling on anti-Muslim sentiments that had been building in recent years under the Modi’s government.
The paper said the rising anti-Muslim attacks came after the government claimed that more than a third of the country’s 8,000-plus coronavirus cases were connected to Muslims.
Meanwhile, Muslim leaders have expressed serious concern over the new wave of hatred against Indian Muslims.
Chairman of Islamic Center of India, Khalid Rasheed said if you presented the cases based on somebody’s religion in your media briefings, it created a big divide.
“Coronavirus may die but the virus of communal disharmony will be hard to kill when this is over,” he said.