Muslims barred from Gujarat Garba event to 'protect' Hindu girls

Published: October 5, 2015
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In order to ensure no Muslim men enter, cow urine will be sprayed on everyone. PHOTO: AP

In order to ensure no Muslim men enter, cow urine will be sprayed on everyone. PHOTO: AP

A right-wing group in India issued on Sunday a ‘diktat’ prohibiting Muslims from entering upcoming Garba events during an upcoming festival in order to prevent ‘love’ incidents.

“We have issued a diktat barring the entry of Muslims at Garba events at Mandvi town in Gujrat’s Kutch district,” Raghuvirsinh Jadeja, president of the group, said.

Explaining the reason for the ban, Jadeja said, “Incidents of love where Muslim boys lure and marry our Hindu girls happen at Garba. Our only aim is to protect our girls.”

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“We are getting a good response from the people and if the people from other regions respond to this movement, then we will spread it to their regions as well,” he added.

To ensure Muslims do not enter, the organisation will observe each person for a tilak (red mark) on his head and will also be sprayed with cow urine.

“If a person does not apply tilak and hesitates to be sprayed with Gaumutra, he will not be allowed to go inside,” the group’s president said.

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“My people would do patrolling outside and inside Garba events and if they find any non-Hindus, they would exclude them.”

This article originally appeared on Hindustan Times

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Reader Comments (23)

  • Vectra
    Oct 5, 2015 - 3:43PM

    Why so fuss about as if this news is something new.This rule is applicable in every year in every garbas and they were implemented last year also and this rule is there even before Modi became PM.Recommend

  • LOL
    Oct 5, 2015 - 4:12PM

    ‘secular’ indiaRecommend

  • jaz
    Oct 5, 2015 - 6:13PM

    Frankly speaking, hindu fundamentalism is going to create such a wedge in indian society that it will be difficult to control the aftershocks by anyone. India is going to falter under its very own weight Recommend

  • Patwari
    Oct 5, 2015 - 8:45PM

    @Vectra:
    ok, heard your lame excuse, but what happened to secularism?Recommend

  • Naresh
    Oct 5, 2015 - 11:25PM

    Gentle Readers : This is a Hindu Religious Ceremony. It is all about Worshiping Idols, Bowing Down to the Idols, Paying Obeisance, to the Idols, Joining in singing Hindu Hymns and performing other Hindu Rituals.
    .
    Many Hindus attend Eid Celebrations but they do not take part in the Muslims Rituals. I trust this will be understood by our Muslim Brothers and Sisters.
    CheersRecommend

  • Naresh
    Oct 5, 2015 - 11:43PM

    @Patwari: *@Vectra: ok, heard your lame excuse, but what happened to secularism?
    .
    May be you are not aware but this is a Hindu Religious Ceremony involving Worshiping Idols, Paying Obeisance to the Idols, Joining in the Singing of Hindu Hymns and taking Part in Hindu Rituals.
    .
    You will always note Hindus joining in Eid Celebrations but these are in making merry and partaking food. There is no taking part in Muslim Rituals as well as NO ISLAMIC Prasaad (Holy Food) Distributed etc. etc.
    .
    I repeat this is a Hindu Religious Ceremony and thus it cannot be Secular
    Cheers.Recommend

  • Oct 5, 2015 - 11:59PM

    @Patwari:

    Last time I heard, enforcing dress code(Tilak) and spraying someone with holy water were not objectionable things.

    If somebody has any objection, they can skip the event.

    Are you saying there are no events in Pakistan where dress code is enforced?Recommend

  • SALEEM
    Oct 6, 2015 - 2:39AM

    its a simple festival celebrate autumn , nothing religious . The hindu extremists are trying to destroy the secular india Recommend

  • Hasan Ansari
    Oct 6, 2015 - 3:24AM

    This the two nation theory. Recommend

  • Hasan Ansari
    Oct 6, 2015 - 3:24AM

    Thus the two nation theory !Recommend

  • Gernailsaab
    Oct 6, 2015 - 3:53AM

    So the Indians don’t cage their women folk but instead cage mard-e-momin?? Outraged !!

    (Dear Tribune, why are my comments filtered??)Recommend

  • ajeet
    Oct 6, 2015 - 4:00AM

    Are non Muslims allowed in Mecca? First fix your laws that discriminate against ahmedis and then lets talk.Recommend

  • M.A
    Oct 6, 2015 - 4:14AM

    @ Naresh

    With all due respect, I understand it’s a Hindu event but the prime the reason given by the right-wing group in India is “Incidents of love where Muslim boys lure and marry our Hindu girls happen at Garba. Our only aim is to protect our girls.” I’m sorry but that is really funny and a little dumb.Recommend

  • Oct 6, 2015 - 4:23AM

    Well, well ,well. Muslim boys better stay away from this Garba. Who wants to be sprayed by the ‘Desai Cola’ ?Recommend

  • Khan
    Oct 6, 2015 - 4:39AM

    There was a time before 2014 when I thought Pakistan should be more like our secular neighbor. But now I see that ordinary Indians are becoming hateful, and are really not a good model. Maybe we should all be more like USA instead where everyone is accepted and Muslims and Hindus even get voted into US Congress. Recommend

  • Khan
    Oct 6, 2015 - 4:41AM

    @Naresh:
    Dont change the facts. The ban is specifically in place because the organizers are scared of “love Jihad.” It has nothing to do with Muslims participating in Hindu rites, which I think would actually be welcomed amongst Hindu fanatics. This ban derives from gullibility and bigotry. Nothing else. Recommend

  • Oct 6, 2015 - 5:09AM

    Ha ha ha. Who would like to be sprayed with Desai Cola. This love Jihad ain’t worth it.Recommend

  • farishta
    Oct 6, 2015 - 5:43AM

    Gow Mata and Shiva Lunga rules, what a disgusting practiceRecommend

  • Gujesh
    Oct 6, 2015 - 6:32AM

    Normally, in such events only muslim boys come, they don’t allow their daughters to participate, although it is festival for women. Muslims don’t have any such festivals and even if they have, they will not allow hindu boys to participate. One sided liberalism does not work in secularism. Muslims believe in segregation of sexes and segregation of religions. If others do it, they should respect them.Recommend

  • ABC
    Oct 6, 2015 - 8:43AM

    @Vectra:

    Yes we know the rule and India have always treated minorities like that. BTW any luck with the admission in grammar classes?Recommend

  • Naresh
    Oct 7, 2015 - 2:25AM

    @Khan: @Naresh: Dont change the facts. The ban is specifically in place because the organizers are scared of “love Jihad.” It has nothing to do with Muslims participating in Hindu rites, which I think would actually be welcomed amongst Hindu fanatics. This ban derives from gullibility and bigotry. Nothing else.
    .
    Mr. Khan would you take your Sister to a Garba Festival and allow her to Dance with Hindu Boys?. Remember that the Punishment you will suffer is known as KARO-KARI!
    I trust you will give me an Honest Answer. I am sure you will not Allow you Sister to Dance with Hindu Boys fearing KARO-KARI!
    CheersRecommend

  • Malatesh
    Oct 7, 2015 - 3:03PM

    Why everything looked from controversial angle? Let Hindus to celebrate their festival peacefully.. Hindus also have the freedom to celebrate their festival with their choice. Recommend

  • Jadoo
    Oct 9, 2015 - 12:51AM

    @Naresh:
    Perhaps you are not aware , karo kari is Sindhi culture, not practiced all over Pakistan. Just a reminder it has nothing to do with religion. It was a local tradition since ages, even when Sindh was part of Bombay.Recommend

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