Facebook takes down Hindutva page that listed over 100 inter-faith couples, called for violence against them

'Hindutva Varta', a Facebook page that posted a list of 102 Muslim men who are allegedly in relationships with Hindu women and called for violence against them, was taken down from the website late on Sunday, according to several media reports.

The following message appears when the page is visited now.

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"This is a list of girls who have become victims of love jihad. We urge all Hindu lions to find and hunt down all the men mentioned here," read one post on the Facebook page that later went viral before being taken down, The Wire reported.

Representational image. Reuters

Representational image. Reuters

The report added that in a video captioned "Along with the cow, the person who slaughtered it will also be dead", a man is shown being beaten by a mob, while another video shows a father teaching his daughter how to use a gun.

The list, which links to individual Facebook profiles of 102 different Muslim men and Hindu women, seems to have been compiled based on the "relationship status" listed by these individuals on the website, according to the BBC.

Although the page is named 'Hindutva Varta' (Hindutva talk), no right-wing group has owned up to it yet, the report added.

This list was previously shared in November 2017 by another page called 'Justice for Hindus', Alt News reported. Alt News has archived some of Hindutva Varta's posts (as screenshots) that can no longer be viewed after Facebook took the page down.

A Twitter user named Satish Mylavarapu, who tweets under the unverified handle @satsmylavarapu, claimed to be the admin of the page. "I am proud to be admin of that page हिंदुत्व वार्ता ... Will create new page again (sic)," Mylavarapu tweeted.

Facebook has not officially responded to the series of events yet. However, The Times of India quoted a spokesperson of the social network as saying, "Maintaining a safe community for people to connect and share on Facebook is absolutely critical to us. We have policies that prohibit hate speech and credible threats of harm, and we remove such content when we're made aware of it."

In May 2017, Facebook added 3,000 people to its 4,500-strong team that manually reviews content reported for self-harm, violence and hate speech, the report said.


Updated Date: Feb 06, 2018 08:58 AM

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