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Journalists barred from temple on account of their religion, Press Council protests

Board barring Muslims' entry (left) by temple mahant (right) 
By Our Representative 
Two journalists from well-known news and current affairs portal “Millat Times”, which publishes everyday in Urdu, Hindi, and English, have been denied entry for coverage on account of their religion. Bringing this to light and taking strong exception to this, the Press Club of India (PCI) said, “This is singularly unfortunate”, and PCI “criticises the incident in the sharpest terms.”
The incident took place last week, when two reporters went to Dasna near Delhi to cover the news story of a young Muslim boy who was beaten up for drinking water at a temple by the temple authorities. After meeting the victim, the journalists sought a meeting with the temple priest for the sake of journalistic balance and ascertaining all sides of a story, PCI said in a statement, signed by Anand K Sahay, president, and Anant Bagaitkar, secretary-general.
“It appears they were being allowed in, but once they gave their names, entry was denied as they were not of the Hindu faith. Another journalist was being let in as they stood standing, shocked by the occurrence”, PCI said, adding, “The ‘Millat Times’ reporters have clearly been obstructed from performing their professional duty on account of the play of the communal factor.”
Recalling how in February 2020, some journalists covering the communal violence in northeast Delhi were being “forced by violent communal mobs to strip to ‘prove’ that they were not the 'other',” PCI said, “In independent India such shameful incidents are coming to light because the virus of communalism has been unleashed with great force -- and impunity -- in recent times, with many holding public office and constitutional positions encouraging this deplorable trend.”
The statement asks the community of journalists in the country to “resist such moves” and authorities “to take note and take all necessary action.”

Comments

Does-not-matter said…
The temple is just following Mecca. Are you suggesting that not allowing Kafirs beyond Jeddah is discriminatory?
Jag Jivan said…
So, you want to be as fundamentalist as Saudis? Great! What an argument! Hinduism prides itself of being tolerant, and you want to make it as intolerant as those bigots who are not allowing non-Muslims in Mecca, Mr Does-not-matter, whoever you are?
Does-not-matter said…
Is Saudi fundamentalist and bigoted? I haven't seen any muslim or even any secularist calling out this bigotry. Have you?

Then, the bigotry of Mecca (and silence of seculars) is a bigger issue than Dasna temple.
Jag Jivan said…
How ignorant you are, Mr Does-not-matter? You want to turn India into a Hindu Saudi Arabia or what? You sound terrible
Does-not-matter said…
Is it merely 'Saudi model' or Islamic model? Do you see any muslim or secularist criticize non-entry of kafirs in Mecca? Even this article didn't mention it. This discrimination in Mecca is much bigger issue than a local temple in Dasna.
Does-not-matter said…
Can these 2 journalists and Press Council also condemn non-entry of kafirs in Mecca? Mecca is not internal matter of Saudi, its shared heritage of entire Islamic world. So, Indian muslims should ask for opening Mecca to non-Muslims.
Jag Jivan said…
My dear Does-not-matter, it is Press Council of INDIA, not Saudi Arabia.
Does-not-matter said…
Exactly. Press Council of India should not act as Islamic council of India. It should respect temple's right to protect itself; recall that temple has put the board in view of multiple incidents of eve teasing, theft and defiling of murtis by local muslims. Last year, son of MLA Aslam was beaten up for teasing women devotees inside temple. Why don't you just google 'Dasna temple theft'.

Muslim journalists can enter temple by simply give an undertaking that respect Hindu beliefs. As simple as that.
Jag Jivan said…
Mr Does not matter. You seem to be too eager to turn India into a Hindu Saudi Arabia where only bigots rule.

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