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Fri 17 April 2020:

An Indian resident in Dubai, who shared anti-Muslim and anti-Islamic posts on Twitter was slammed and warned by Princess Hend Al Qassimi, a member of the royal family of United Arab Emirates on Thursday, leading him to chicken out and delete his account.

A Twitter user named Saurabh Upadhyay had put out several tweets targeting Muslims and ridiculing Islam, which led to a sharp response by Princess Qassimi who shared screenshots of the tweets and said “you make your bread and butter from this land which you scorn and your ridicule will not go unnoticed.”

Upadhyay, who has a history of spreading misinformation and abuse Muslims and Islam got into a Twitter spat over several users over the March congregation of Tablighi Jamaat in New Delhi.

In the ensuing exchange between the users, Upadhyay used abusive language against Muslims calling them “radical Islamist terrorists”. Upadhyay later went on to draw his frustration on how some Hindus were being sacked from their jobs in the Middle East for abusing Muslims and calling for their genocide on social media. Defending their criminal behaviour, he then said that the region is what it is today “because Indians have built cities like Dubai from scratch”.

His vile remarks and false propaganda led to a fiery response by Princess Qassimi, who wrote, “The ruling family is friends with Indians, but as a royal your rudeness is not welcome. All employees are paid to work, no one comes for free. You make your bread and butter from this land which you scorn and your ridicule will not go unnoticed.”

“Anyone that is openly racist and discriminatory in the UAE will be fined and made to leave. An example”, she added.

History of Hatred

Princess Qassimi’s response has been applauded by several users on Twitter. Some even highlighted previous instances of anti-Islamic hate displayed by Upadhyay on the micro-blogging site.

In one post by Upadhyay, he had said all Islamic organisations “should be kept on vigilant watch or barred” as they only spread violence and unrest.

 Spreading hatred

For the past few weeks, there have been several instances of Indians working in the Middle East have been called out, and in some instances even sacked from their jobs for abusing Islam and Muslims.

Rakesh B Kitturmath, who worked as a team leader at Emrill Services, an integrated facilities management (FM) headquartered in Dubai, was sacked on Thursday after he ridiculed Muslims in response to a Facebook post on coronavirus, sparking outrage on social media, the Gulf News reported.

He is currently facing police action after being fired.

A Hyderabad man working as a chief accountant in the Emirates was fired by his employers for sharing anti-Muslims posts suggesting that Muslims were deliberately spreading coronavirus.

The person, identified as Balakrishna, was working at Moro Hub, a data solutions service centre. Offended by his brazenly communal posts, many people found his LinkedIn and other social media profile and mass-reported his vile activity to his employer through Twitter, prompting action against him.

Another Indian, a manager in Abu Dhabi will be facing legal action for demeaning Islam on social media.

Mitesh.U, a financial manager at an Abu Dhabi-based firm, posted on Facebook using graphic images to show how a “jihadi coronavirus suicide spitter” (sic) could “cause 2,000 deaths compared to 20 by a jihadi bomber detonating a belt rigged with explosives”.

In another incident, an Indian Muslim man who was visiting UAE seeking a job was told to go to Pakistan by his fellow countryman S. Bhandari, who owns an event management company in the UAE.

A police complaint has been lodged against him by the job seeker.


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