The Muslim community is suffering disproportionately from Coronavirus and the main reason behind this is the misinformation spread by the community leaders and scholars, sometimes intentionally. The Coronavirus vaccine makes people impotent; the vaccine is also being used by the Government for family planning purposes – these kinds of misinformation has already spread among the Muslim community.
In the Muslim majority areas of Meerut, the pace of vaccination is extremely slow due to the misinformation spread by some of the community leaders that the vaccine will make people ‘impotent’. Now the government is forced to ask the Masjids to ask the people to get vaccinated. From the loudspeakers of Masjids, the local administration is asking the Muslim population to get vaccinated.
Reported by TFI extensively, there has been a growing vaccine hesitancy amongst the Muslim populace of the country. The Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) became a hotspot of Covid-19 infections because of this reason as the teaching and non-teaching staff perished without receiving the vaccine.
The death and devastation inside the university campus have been caused by the fatal concoction of rumour mongering, vaccine hesitancy and general lack of awareness. The deaths on an unprecedented scale have happened despite the Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College (JNMC) present on the campus where the safety trials of Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin are still undergoing.
Despite having the brightest minds teaching on the campus, the shocking vaccine hesitancy and mistrust in the efficacy of the vaccine surprised one and all. And if highly educated professionals in AMU could succumb to this psyche, one can only imagine the situation in Muslim dominated regions.
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Even during India’s spirited fight against polio, many Muslims played spoilsport as they believed the polio drops were a means of making them impotent. During the Covid-19 fight since last year, many radical Muslims have harassed, attacked and abused India’s healthcare and frontline workers and refused treatment.
The conservative sections of the Muslim community have always opposed vaccination on religious grounds or conspiracy theories. And the leaders from the so called secular parties like TMC, TRS, SP are actively promoting vaccine hesitancy.
Back in January, SP leaders were claiming that the vaccine would make people impotent.
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The anti-vaccine mindset among Muslims is so strong that West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao are yet to receive the vaccine dose. Despite the second wave of the pandemic taking the lives of several political leaders, it is amusing that these two have not opted to take the vaccine.
The conservative section of the Muslim community is playing spoilsport in the fight against the pandemic and the leaders from the ‘secular’ parties are supporting their views instead of taking a stand again the anti-science campaign.
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