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Hashtags protesting lynching of Muslims go viral on internet

  • Published at 02:33 pm June 27th, 2017

On Eid day, many in the Muslim community in India wore black arm badges to protest at the lynching of Muslims in India. News of people wearing the badges, through the hastag – #EidWithBlackArmBand – went viral on Twitter. The hashtag started trending on Twitter after many from the religious community protested the recent killings on social media, reports The Indian Express. Other hashtags that made the round on the internet include #StopkillingMuslims and #Protestagainstlynching. Initiated by residents Haryana's Ballabgarh, the silent but powerful way to protest the lynching incidents went viral as posts with pictures of people sporting the band tied on their arm on the day of the Eid-ul-Fitr started flooding various social media spaces. In another report, the Times of India stated that several Muslims in Ranchi and Jamshedur wore black bands while offering Eid prayers on Monday to protest against the recent communal clashes in the Steel City and the recent lynching of Muslims across the country. The daily quoted Khurshid Hassan Rumi, state general secretary of Muslim-Majlis-e-Mushawarat, saying: "Eid is a festival of joy, but the minority community is living in fear in various parts of the state and the country. A few of us are registering our protest by wearing black bands." Unlike previous years, imams in their Eid message had appealed to the youngsters to celebrate the festival in an organised manner, avoid loud music and desist from driving at high speed, the report adds.