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Muslims targeted in India over spread of Covid-19

Christians and Muslims say India has seen increased religious polarization since the BJP came to power

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Muslims targeted in India over spread of Covid-19

Social worker Surender holds placards to create awareness about social distancing among Indian migrant workers waiting outside a railway terminus to board trains back home in Mumbai on May 11. (Photo: AFP)

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Religious leaders and activists in India are concerned that the government may be planning religion-based mapping to check the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Although health official Lav Agarwal has denied such claims, there are fears that Muslims are being targeted in the Hindu-majority nation.

“It is a matter of concern for all of us as a particular community is targeted again and again. We don’t know what is in the mind of the government blaming one particular community for the spread of Covid-19, but it looks like it is a political move,” said Father Denzil Fernandes, director of the Jesuit-run Indian Social Institute in New Delhi.

“When the virus came to our country, it did not just come through Muslims — there were other people from different faiths who came from abroad.”

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