Hindus abandon their homes in Tonk, Rajasthan, fearing threat from Muslim community

Hundreds of Hindus in Tonk, the town of Malpura in the Rajasthan district, claimed they were being forced to abandon their homes and shops, citing threats from minority communities in the area. On Monday, September 6, many of these families, who, due to economic constraints, were forced to live in houses located in the minority-dominated neighborhoods of wards 12 and 21 of Tonk City, placed in front of their respective houses with posters stating that they were threatened by the Muslim community.

On Tuesday, September 7, nearly 100 people belonging to the same terrorized Hindu families took out a poster march and submitted a memorandum to the SDM office in Malpura, demanding justice. They then submitted a memorandum to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister of Rajasthan Ashok Gehlot asking for protection.

Protest march against Hindus in Tonk, Rajasthan

The memorandum alleges assaults on Hindus and indecent treatment of women in minority-dominated areas.

These Hindus, who handed the memorandum to Malpura SDM Rakesh Kumar Meena, claimed that community tensions had existed in Malpura since 1952. They reported that around 600 to 800 households had sold their homes and left the area. For two days, these families have pleaded with administrative and police personnel for their protection.

Protest march in Tonk, Rajasthan

About 200 families have long requested the administration’s protection, according to local resident Radhakishan.

On Monday, September 6, another memorandum was presented in which Hindus in the neighborhood claimed that the number of Muslims in the area had been steadily increasing, making it impossible for Hindus to live there peacefully. He further indicated that there were Jain and Gujjar temples in the area, but security concerns due to the expanding Muslim population forced them to close. Meat markets operate illegally near temples, forcing temple idols to be sent elsewhere, the memorandum read.

Meanwhile, police in Rajasthan have made several attempts over the past two days to remove posters outside Hindu homes, but have been forced to return to no avail due to public outcry. Calling the hanging of posters outside houses an “act of disrupting the communal harmony of the city,” the Malpura administration warned Hindus to remove the posters from their homes.

The town of Malpura, in the Tonk district, has seen many community clashes since independence and many people have lost their lives. It should be noted that the first communal conflict took place in the town of Malpura in 1952. Including the 1952 incident, eight times the communal tension arose in Malpura. The city was recently placed under a curfew in 2019, after criminals threw stones during a procession in Dussehra, causing community unrest.

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