Haryana Violence: Sikhs Come to the Rescue of Muslim Women, Children 

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As the Hindutva mob went bersek vandalising the interiors of Shahi Masjid in Sohna, the brave locals turned their attention to the adjacent residential quarters. Their first priority was rescuing the women and children, successfully ensuring their safety.

Team Clarion

NEW DELHI — As communal violence gripped Nuh and Gurugram in Haryana this week, several cases have emerged showing that the secular fabric of the country is intact. Despite concerted efforts by communal forces to wreak havoc on the country’s pluralistic character, the secular and right-minded people have united during times of adversity to thwart the nefarious designs of the bigots.

A Hindutva mob of 70-100 youths vandalised the Shahi Masjid in Sohna on August 1. Fortunately, the mosque’s Imam, his family, and a group of 10-12 children studying at the madrassa inside managed to escape unharmed, according to media reports. This was made possible by the timely intervention of members of the Sikh community, who conducted a rescue operation amidst the ongoing clashes, witnesses were cited in media reports as saying.

The mosque not only serves as a place of worship but also houses rooms for a few families and classrooms for children.

As the mosque came under attack, the Imam, along with 30 other people including children, took shelter in the residential quarters on the mosque premises. As the attack on the mosque became more ferocious, the Imam instructed his brother to escort women and children to safety behind the mosque. However, the locals stepped in to help, arriving just in time to assist the vulnerable group.

Guddu Singh (25), a student from Palwal, played a crucial role in the rescue process, a report in The Indian Express said. Responding to panic calls from residents near the Sohna mosque, Guddu and his fellow locals decided to take action despite the limited presence of only 10-12 policemen against a mob of hundreds outside the mosque. 

As the mob went berserk vandalising the mosque’s interiors, the brave locals turned their attention to the adjacent residential quarters. Their first priority was rescuing the women and children, successfully ensuring their safety.

This incident highlights the importance of unity and solidarity in times of crisis, as members of the Sikh community risked their lives in protecting their fellow citizens.

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