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Hate crime against Muslims

Published Jan 06, 2013 10:09pm

RECENTLY, a woman pushed a man off a subway platform in New York which results in the death of a 46-year-old man. The accused woman is now arrested by New York police. The 31-year-old woman is identified as Erika Menendez and she have stated that she did so because she hated Hindus and Muslims.

She added that she hated Hindus and Muslims ever since 2001 when they (Hindus and Muslims) put down the twin towers.

The woman has also been quoted as saying that she has been beating Hindus and Muslims since 2001. The victim was Sunando Sen, who was born in India and used to run a printing shop.

This also shows that the US government has failed in protecting common people’s lives. This is the second incident that someone had been pushed to his death at a New York City subway station. A few ago, 26 people, including 20 innocent children, were killed by a 20-year-old man in Newtown, Connecticut. The unfortunate incident also highlights the law and order situation in the US.

On many occasions, the US has termed various countries not safe for its citizens but the incidents which have occurred in the US in the past few months show that even the US has failed to maintain law and order on its own soil.

MUBASHIR MAHMOOD Karachi


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Comments (36) (Closed)


Islam Mirza
Jan 07, 2013 01:38am
Thank you for bringing in to everyone's attention.
Guru
Jan 07, 2013 02:39pm
The outpouring of love towards other religions by muslims, is repaid this way? What a tragedy? 'Sarcasm intended', in case anyone missed it.
pi
Jan 08, 2013 09:47am
Agreed. Its dangerous to look like a Muslim.
Guru
Jan 07, 2013 07:04am
Hello Writer, I read your article. I wish you can also go in depth about the incident and then make your reporting. The lady apparently suffering from delusional disorder and is probably a reason for this incident. To make a sweeping statement that it is prevalent in whole society is not a right interpretation. The society in USA is probably the most tolerate for all people. It is probably million times better than Pakistan. I know,as a person of Hindu religion , I can never be free in Pakistan. Here in USA, I see temple,mosques, churches and several many people living in harmony and a law to address if there is short comings. Hope, you see some light. Bless you.
vineet
Jan 08, 2013 05:21am
The lady only said she hate Muslims. Please do not add Hindus in your news by yourself.
Kesar
Jan 07, 2013 10:21am
The muslims don't have the sole right to hate every non-muslim. The non-muslims too can exercise their freedom to reciprocate. The writer must have his head burried firmly deep in the sand as he has failed to notice how shias and other minorities are losing their lives in Pakistan and yet no body gets punished. Who are killing the muslims in Karachi? Before criticising others, look at your own behaviour first.
Anony
Jan 07, 2013 07:22pm
Just another excuse of bashing Pakistan. Have a safe life in the US my friend.
Anony
Jan 07, 2013 07:23pm
I totally agree.
murali
Jan 08, 2013 01:13pm
sorry, you got it wrong. It was a hate crime against muslims and hindus. the lady pushed him because she thought he was a muslim. The intent was against a Muslim. Any way it does not matter, because she has been hating muslims and hindus, if you read the analysis in american newspapers?
karim
Jan 07, 2013 01:25pm
What a ridiculous letter. Writer obviously has lost his senses due to ovewhelming anti-Americanism.
Sunnyboy
Jan 07, 2013 05:10am
Dear Mr. Mahmood can you please comment about hate crimes against Muslims in Pakistan. According to latest figures, 7,000 Muslims were killed in Pakistan in 2012 (2700 in Karachi alone). Also I should mention 1500 women and children but Malala had survived. 70 mosques in Pakistan were burned or bombed in 2012. No Muslims were killed in USA due to hate crime in 2012. Muslims in US live peculiarly and practice their religion freely and they can go to mosque of their choice which they can not do without risking their lives.
Nitesh
Jan 07, 2013 05:07am
hindus didn't blow up the WTC towers,ours is a religion of peace.It was muslims who blew up WTC.It just that muslims look like us that we are also victims of hate crimes.
amit (India)
Jan 07, 2013 04:19am
This is really funny. That woman committed a hate crime, and has been promptly arrested, and will likely be punished. The fact that the author can recount the number of 'hate' crimes in the US is testimony to the fact that that these crimes are rare. The fact that the woman has been arrested goes on to show that the state takes these crimes seriously. Meanwhile, it is rather generous of a Pakistani citizen to point out at 'Hate crimes against Muslims', given the affectionate treatment Pakistanis mete out to their own minorities (Christians, Hindus) and the deemed minorities (Shias, Ahmedis).
Ajay Vikram Singh
Jan 07, 2013 01:23pm
That woman said that she pushed that man because she thought he is a muslim. She never said that she hated Hindus too. Check out the real news on international press. Now that man happened to be a Hindu from and India. because he looked like an south Asian, so she thought he must be a muslim. Plz dont manipulate facts, its a Sin.
Mayank
Jan 07, 2013 05:04am
Alas! one more way Muslims are hurting Hindus..I really wish that Pakistan's obsessions were true and the subcontinent's Mulims looked different than the Hindus.
Anony
Jan 07, 2013 07:24pm
The lady pushed the man cuz he 'looked' like a hindu or muslim. Use some common sense.
Rao
Jan 07, 2013 04:41am
Atleast they take immediate action in investigating the crime and charge them according to their laws. In Pakistan, your courts themselves are letting terrorists go scot free, based on some flimsy technical grounds.
SBB
Jan 07, 2013 06:12pm
Very true... and very well put. Even more amazing is that the Dawn Editors accepted your comment... thank you.
Anony
Jan 07, 2013 07:25pm
Well, it all started since the invasion of Afghanistan. Before that, it was very safe to travel even to FATA. I bet you've never been there before, have u?
Anony
Jan 07, 2013 07:23pm
Whats religion gotta do with anything. In the end, an innocent person lost his life.
Manish
Jan 07, 2013 05:37am
I don't understand how it is hate crime against muslims. The guy who died is a born hindu (turned Agnostic or Atheist in later life). Also, Newtown attack was not against muslims. The title is totally misleading.
Cynical
Jan 07, 2013 06:15am
The heading should be 'Hate crime against Hindus'. Because the incidence used in this case is the death of a Hindu man, unless he converted posthumously..
BRR
Jan 07, 2013 05:26am
I wish you could see how safe any city in the US is, compared to Karachi or places in FATA.
mazharuddin
Jan 07, 2013 06:18am
US government too do not care for innocent human lives, killing by drone in Pakistan and in other Islamic world to the innocent civilians men, women and children on suspicion. The killing of suspicious people without trial is a crime. US should respect human values and avoid such killings on suspicion.
akbari
Jan 07, 2013 02:20pm
The comments are very interesting. One should, however, note that if something wrong is happening in any Muslim or Hindu or any other country for similar or any other criminal happening then we should keep our eyes closed and not criticize these incidences taking place in so called developed or developing countries. A crime is a crime wherever it may happen. In my opinion we should agree that there is no safe haven anywhere in the world. An Urdu couplet says; MAQAAM-E-AMN QAFAS KIA , KE AASHIAN BHI NAHIN !!!! SUKOON WAHAN BHI NAHI THHA SUKOON YAHAN BHI NAHIN
abbastoronto
Jan 07, 2013 10:44pm
BRR: Greetings Hey dude. Which America do you live in. Last late summer here in Michigan we were robbed at gun-point at a gas station. In Detroit there is a murder here every day in a population of 600,000. It used to be over a 1,000 but the city has lost people. Miami is not far behind. Break-ins are frequent. We are renovating a few houses, and electricity wires, water pipes, bathroom fixtures, cabinets would disappear over night requiring expensive repairs. One day the entire furnace was gone. The other day the counter top. In defense, gated communities have sprouted everywhere. Here is a hilarious New York City joke. In the middle of changing the rear tire on the street in broad daylight a driver was surprised by someone putting a jack to the front wheel. When the owner queried the interloper deadpanned ? the same thing as you, stealing the wheel !!! Karachi is no paradise. But I would take its crime any day. Best wishes
Jasqi
Jan 07, 2013 02:41pm
Sadly there are misguided people in every corner of the world. There will always be those who judge others by their physical appearances, race, or religion. In my heart I believe it is not our duty to give them attention and fame for their hate but instead to give our time and energy to those who promote the positive and good in our lives. In Pakistan as in America and other parts of the world there are those who never look past the news headlines. There are thousands of Muslims living in America who live peacefully with others from every religion in the world. To them I must give my appreciation because they change the way people think by being good American citizens and sharing the peace of Islam with others. While the incident mentioned in this article was indeed sad no matter what religion the man was, it is only a tiny reflection of the whole story of America. Just as I tell people here who read the headlines about violence in Pakistan, its a small reflection of a proud and hospitable nation. I wish you all peace today.
Saeed
Jan 07, 2013 11:11pm
Perfect answer. Please ignore the mr Mahommad letter. His remarks are coming from Religious believes . I m sure true Pakistani ashamed of his bias attitude.
abbastoronto
Jan 08, 2013 01:07am
Karachi murder rate is 100 per million - all political and ethnic. Detroit is over 500 per million, and all senseless. And Pakistan is going through a Civil War. What America are you living in my friend BRR?
abbastoronto
Jan 08, 2013 01:01am
LOL Ask the 2,000 innocent Muslims who died in Gujurat a few years ago. And the 4,000 innocent sikhs who died in New Delhi in 1984. And the countless Kashmiris who are dying everyday. Tall claims of peace.
Naresh sharma
Jan 08, 2013 04:39pm
abbastoronto..!! but it is not happen everyday like Pakistan.. and 1984 riots were not religious,,
Entertained@!
Jan 07, 2013 05:29pm
What a complete and utter waste of energy your comment is... Yes, Gujrat was definitely an example of the peace you propogate... You are oblivious to the fact that people are people, everywhere.
Amir
Jan 07, 2013 02:47pm
Muslims have brought it upon themselves. Wait and see what happens next. It is a war that Muslims cannot win...
Ashutosh
Jan 06, 2013 10:30pm
Such people are always there in society. Practically it is impossible to stop such crimes by any government. Is Pakistan able to stop such crime in its society where they are more frequent and open?
murali
Jan 08, 2013 01:07pm
the lady clearly stated she hates Hindus and Muslims. refer NY times. Sometimes half knowledge , combined with over confidence, makes people appear out of place.
independentthinker
Jan 07, 2013 03:43pm
How can you compare the violence in the U.S. to that in Pakistan? Out of over 300 million people, some are bound to be crazy and fanatics! How could anyone have predicted that this crazy woman is going to push this man down the subway tracks? I am not saying the U.S. is perfect, but please, don't even go close to comparing the situation in the U.S. to that we are experiencing in Pakistan. The daily bomb blasts, suicide bombings, robbery at gun-point, burning of public transportation, businesses, crime against women, etc. - people who do not belong to a certain sect of Islam religion - the rest all feel threatened - all the time, in their own country. No other country in the world comes close to what is happening in Pakistan. Before we comfort ourselves by saying that U.S. also has failed to protect its citizens, get a closer look at the statistics - we are comparing apples with oranges.