VHP’s Delhi unit on Monday called on people in the city to gather in temples and participate in mass recitations of Hanuman Chalisa on June 14 to register a protest against the June 10 violence in parts of the country.
The Vishva Hindu Parishad, in a statement, alleged that violent and stone-throwing demonstrations were organized in temples and homes after prayers in mosques on June 10 as part of a well-planned plot to discredit India globally.
Protests erupted in several parts of the country, including outside Delhi’s Jama Masjid, on June 10 against controversial statements about the Prophet Muhammad by BJP employees Nupur Sharma and Naveen Jindal, who have now been dismissed.
In Jharkhand, some policemen were injured while trying to control the protesters, while the authorities in Jammu imposed a curfew in a few areas. In parts of Uttar Pradesh, protesters threw stones at police, prompting police to charge them and use tear gas shells.
“Illegal fatwas have been issued for the killing of Nupur Sharma…the Hindu community rejects and strongly condemns the pressure put on the Hindu community by such illegal demonstrations,” Kapil Khanna, head of VHP Delhi, said in the statement.
He added, “To protest this, I invite the Hindu community in Delhi to gather in the small and large temples of the city and participate in the mass recitation of the Hanuman Chalisa at 8.00 pm tomorrow (June 14, 2022)”.
Khanna also urged temple administrators and priests to set up notices to inform devotees of the mass recitation of the Hanuman Chalisa. “It is absolutely necessary to show our strength in this way and to respond constitutionally to the immoral pressures being exerted on Hindu society,” he said.
“To get rid of this kind of jihad, we should gather in our temples at least once a week,” he said.
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