Chennai's Jain Bakery owner arrested over "islamophobic" advertisement
The Jain Bakeries and Confectioners had met with flak on social media for posting an advertisement that said that they hire only Jain workers and that no Muslim staff works for them.
The owner of popular Chennai bakery “Jain Bakeries & Confectioneries” was arrested on Saturday over an advertisement which had drawn sharp criticism for its allegedly islamophobic messaging.
The staff at the bakery claimed that the advertisement was 'not intended to communalise' and added that a rumour was doing the rounds on WhatsApp, urging people not to buy bakery products made by Muslims and therefore they posted the advertisement to "clear the air," reported News 18.
However, the owner has been booked under section 295A (Deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs) and section 504 of the IPC (Intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace).
The bakery, located in Chennai’s T. Nagar, had put out a proud advertisement which said "Made by Jains on orders, No Muslim staffs". This soon went viral creating a storm on social media.
Within hours of it getting viral, the local police took suo motu action against the owner for communalising the advertisement.
This case once again reveals how Islamophobia fuelled by fake news has become a key feature of this ongoing pandemic. Earlier, Asiaville reported how a cocktail of fake news and rumours led to certain areas in Delhi banning entry of Muslim vendors.
Fruit vendors or vegetable sellers in various parts of the counrty have resorted to displaying their religious identity in order to not get shunned in localities. Earlier, citing the Tablighi Jamaat incident, communal discrimination (fuelled by fake news and doctored videos) was on full display in various parts of the country.