Netizens trend #SorryAsif for Muslim boy, mercilessly thrashed for drinking water inside Hindu temple; Tejashwi Yadav too says ‘sorry’


Netizens joined hands to extend their collective apology to a Muslim boy, who was mercilessly assaulted for drinking water at a Hindu temple in Uttar Pradesh’s Ghaziabad district. Hashtag #SorryAsif remained a top trend for several hours on the microblogging site Twitter on Saturday. Among those extending their apology were Dalit rights activists, journalists, actor Swara Bhasker and, more notable, RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav.

The video of Asif being mercilessly thrashed by one Shringi Nandan Yadav from Bihar had left Twitterati stunned, evoking widespread outrage. In the video, Yadav was seen first asking the innocent boy his name by deceptively placing his hands around his shoulder as if to suggest that he cared about him. The boy had innocently replied that his name was Asif and his father’s name was Habib.

No sooner did the boy identify himself as a Muslim adding that he was thirsty and had entered the Hindu temple to drink water, Yadav had launched a brutal attack on the little child. Faced with growing outrage, the Ghaziabad Police had moved with lightning speed to arrest the Hindutva goon (seen above).

On Saturday, netizens took it upon themselves to issue a collective apology to Asif.

Members of the Bhim Army too visited Asif’s house to meet the desperately poor child. There were Sikh groups on Twitter who advised Asif to look for Gurdwara the next time he felt thirsty and wanted to drink water. The overwhelming support and collective apology for Asif show that humanity is still alive in India. Many activists have urged the Yadav community to publicly boycott the Hindutva goon, now arrested for assaulting a Muslim child.