The local government of Rajasthan (a part of western India the size of a mid-sized European country) has cut off internet services after a ‘Love Jihad’ killing video has spread like wildfire and was causing tensions between different religious groups.
Police are present in all villages around where the incident took place and people have been urged to stop sharing the video.
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‘Love Jihad’ is a term used by extremist religious groups in India for when a Hindu man tries to protect the honor of his family by stopping a Muslim man from marrying into the family.
Given the quick spreading of the video, the Indian government reacted swiftly by banning internet in parts of the state. Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria: "It is shocking how he killed the man and made a video of it. Accused has been arrested, and a special investigation team has been set up for investigation in the case."
In this case, a Hindu man, called Shambhu Lal, could be seen hacking the Muslim man to death for dishonoring his family, after which he set the body on fire. Afterwards, he set him alight before sharing the video of the religious attack online.
In a second video, the man can be seen explaining the incident was committed to "protect the honor of Hindus against Muslims."
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The victim in the video was identified by some as Mohammed Bhatta Sheikh. From the location of the murder, the agricultural tool used in the murder, as well as the dead man's bike and slippers, were found.
Senior police official Anand Srivastava commented: "We have found that nobody from Shambu Lal's family had an inter-religious marriage. He has used inflammatory statements in these videos. To avoid any violence, we have been organizing meetings between the two communities.”