08:29 GMT11 April 2021
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    India is home to thousands of castes and many religions, while proudly boasting its “unity in diversity”. More often than not, however, stories about Hindus and Muslims fighting and hurting each other often make the headlines.

    Early Saturday morning, Ghaziabad police arrested Shringi Yadav in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, after a video of him slapping a young Muslim boy and twisting his arm for drinking water from a temple hand pump went viral on social media.


    In the video clip, shot near the premises of Ghaziabad’s Devi Dasna Temple, at first Yadav can be heard asking a Muslim boy his name - which is Asif followed by his father's name and then the reason why he was in the temple, to which the boy replies that he “...had come to drink water”. After the conversation, Yadav can be seen beating Asif.

    WARNING: The following video is disturbing and may not be suitable for some audiences

    ​The snippet has stirred a major social media outrage in India, with some netizens demanding a government response to the example of communal violence.

    ​According to the police, Yadav originates from Bhagalpur in Bihar. The police have taken Yadav into custody and a case has been registered against him.

    Last year, when violent riots erupted in Delhi over the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), Muslims had alleged that they were being beaten up for admitting to being Islamic. Enforced in December 2019, the controversial CAA entitles only non-Muslim migrants from India's neighbouring countries that came to India before 2015 to apply for citizenship. The act has faced major flak in India for discriminating against Muslims migrants.

    Previously, incidents of Muslims being lynched for consuming cow meat have emerged in India, where Hindus consider the cows sacred. 

    Cases of violence initiated by Muslims also happenregularly in the country. 

    Last month, a 25-year-old member of India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was stabbed in Delhi by Muslims. Sharma's family alleged that their son fell victim to communal violence because he was collecting money to contribute in the construction of Lord Ram's temple in Ayodhya. 

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