A prominent Indian Muslim organisation filed a plea at India’s highest court last week calling for its urgent intervention to prevent the destruction of properties belonging to those Muslims defending themselves in states ruled by the right-wing extremist BJP party.
Jamiat Ulama-e-Hind, one of the leading organisations of Islamic scholars in India, filed a petition at the Supreme Court urging the latter to issue orders to the federal and state governments concerning violent action against the properties of Muslims.
Authorities across two states last week bulldozed dozens of homes and shops that belonged to Muslims who were accused of taking part in violence provoked by Hindu extremists during one of their festivals.
According to legal representatives from the Supreme Court, the demolitions played out in the previous week were illegal and unconstitutional.
“Even if assuming that somebody has done some crime of rioting or any other crime, the chief minister or any of the persons from the administration has no right to punish,”  Majeed Memon, a former parliamentarian and top criminal lawyer, said to Al Jazeera.
During the so-called Ram Navmi festival in the state of Madhya Pradesh, Hindu men wearing saffron robes and carrying sticks, swords and pistols, marched through predominantly Muslim neighbourhoods chanting slogans that threatened genocide against the Muslim community.
The gang also played loud music outside a Mosque and attacked homes and shops belonging to Muslims. The extremists also pelted stones which prompted Muslim residents to defend themselves against the Hindu mob, thus being accused of violence themselves and having their homes demolished.
Boris sparks outrage
Amidst a slew of controversies at home the British prime minister Boris Johnson sparked another “outrage” across India. He was pictured in a visit on a bulldozer by British Tory-donor-owned company JCB, earning condemnation from groups such as Amnesty India.
Anti-Muslim policies are being shared by the UK with an oppressive government in India that tolerates calls to exterminate Muslims.