ISLAMABAD: The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has rejected anti-Muslim prejudice in India over the coronavirus spread.
Tweeting the statement of General Secretariat of Cooperation in this regard, Foreign Office Spokesperson Aisha Farooqui said the OIC expressed deep concern following recent media accounts of rising anti-Muslim sentiments and Islamophobia within political and media circles.
The OIC has expressed deep concern over rising anti-Muslim sentiments and Islamophobia in India.
In a statement on Monday, the General Secretariat of Cooperation said Muslim minority was deliberately targeted and blamed for spreading the coronavirus in the country.
It said OIC rejected targeting of Muslims anywhere, emphasizing as current COVID-19 world situation required greater efforts and stronger mutual aid among all citizens of the same country.
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.