Indian Muslims battle Islamophobia amid COVID-19

Muslims Islamophobia Covid
What seems to be keeping the vilification of Muslims afire on social media and on the ground is the coverage of the pandemic, from a communal angle, by many news media outlets.

On the afternoon of April 3, Naziya's phone blinked with a WhatsApp notification.

"Jaldi se jaldi apne sabhi groups mei yeh video post kare. kaise in Mulsim logon ne bharat mei corona phailane ka naya tarika nikala. Inke deye huwe saaman ko koi bhi vekti na le (Please post his video on all your groups how these Muslim people invented a way to spread coronavirus in India. Don't touch anything given by these people)," the message read.

Accompanied by a video of a few Muslim men sharing a meal, the message was posted on a WhatsApp group for residents living in a posh apartment in Uttar Pradesh's Noida.

Naziya says the malicious message with an unrelated and misleading video was not deleted despite a few members requesting the sender.

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