When a Muslim hijabis blogger, Rakhmat Kaur, was threatened by a group of Muslims with lynchings for her views, she decided she had to speak up.
Kaur, who lives in Gujarat, was one of several bloggers targeted by a wave of violence targeting bloggers and journalists over the past two weeks.
Many were accused of being ‘anti-nationals’ and ‘anti Hindu’.
Kaur said she was the victim of a ‘campaign’ that targeted her in an attempt to silence her.
“It was a group from a mob that came to my house and took me to the police station,” she said.
“They had a knife and a gun and they told me they were from a group called the Indian Muslim Front.
They said they were the group that had threatened to kill me.”
The next day I went to the station and filed a police complaint.
When I reached the police, I was taken to the chief minister’s office and there was a discussion.
“Police, who were investigating the case, have told her they are investigating the threats against her and others for the ‘hijabi’ label, but she said it was a ‘black mark’ that has kept her silent.”
We are victims of a witch hunt,” she told Vice News.”
But I think this is a real issue for us as Muslim women.
It’s a double standard when we are accused of not wearing a veil and are labelled as anti-national.
We are not anti-Hindu, but we are also not anti Muslim.
“She said the attack has affected her family.”
I’m very afraid for them.””
My father-in‑law and sister-in‐law have been harassed.
I’m very afraid for them.”
Kaur is one of the most outspoken voices in India’s Muslim-majority blogosphere, where the community has suffered in recent years.
Her followers have been subjected to threats, physical attacks and even death threats.
She also has been subjected a harassment campaign in the past.
In September, a mob of more than 2,000 Muslims attacked the homes of several Muslim bloggers and a Hindu-owned business owner in the southern Indian city of Ahmedabad.
Many of the bloggers, including writer and blogger Ram Madhav, were allegedly subjected to physical violence, including rape and gang-rapes.
The mob then looted the businesses and the offices of the Muslim-owned newspaper and television channel.
Police said that more than 3,000 people were injured and at least one person was killed.
Kanpur, where I work, is also home to a large Muslim community.
“When the Hindu mob attacked me, I got scared and hid.
It was the first time I’d ever been scared in my entire life,” Kaur said.