No Muslims! Indian bakery owner arrested for hateful marketing campaign
A bakery owner in Chennai, India was arrested for his Islamophobic marketing idea as he swore that no Muslim staff had touched any of his delicacies in a somewhat odd tactic to draw customers.
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Jain Bakeries and Confectioneries’ owner Prashant, who sells his products online, published an advertisement saying his products are “made by Jains on orders, no Muslim staff,” reported Dawn, a Pakistan-based English publication.
It spread over WhatsApp and finally caught the attention of the police, whereupon he was arrested for spreading hate and giving a false impression of Muslims.
Muslims have become a target in the country after Indian authorities and media blamed the Tablighi Jamaat, a Muslim missionary group, for the spike in coronavirus (COVID-19) cases by marking the group’s headquarters in Nizamuddin as Delhi’s first hotspot for the virus.
The situation has deteriorated since then, and now even hospitals in India are segregating patients based on religion.
Ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) lawmaker Suresh Tiwari from Uttar Pradesh urged people not to buy vegetables from Muslims by claiming they spit on fruits and vegetables in a bid to spread the coronavirus.
India reported the highest single-day spike on Sunday with over 4,000 fresh cases. The South Asian nation of around 1.3 billion population now has 67,259 confirmed cases, including 2,212 deaths.
After originating in China last December, COVID-19 has spread to at least 187 countries and regions. Europe and the US are currently the worst-hit regions.
The pandemic has killed nearly 283,000 worldwide, with total infections exceeding 4.11 million, while recoveries surpassed 1.41 million, according to figures compiled by the US’ Johns Hopkins University.