Anti-Muslim and Islamophobic posts cost another Indian worker job in UAE

As we know that the world is currently facing a historically and catastrophic unprecedented situation due to the outbreak of novel coronavirus COVID-19. Uncertainty and fear are gripping everywhere. Amidst the widespread of COVID 19 when every country over the world is taking radical steps to contain and trying to find a way to tackle one of the worst diseases of recent times, right-wing hatemongers living abroad are leaving no opportunity to demonize, harass and vilify Indian Mulsims. They are busy spreading bigotry and islamophobia even at the cost of their luxury jobs in Gulf countries. They blamed Muslims for coronavirus in India.

An employee of a mining firm in Ras Al Khaimah has become the latest in a long line of UAE-based Indian expats to have lost their job because of Islamophobic social media posts.

Brajkishore Gupta was fired without notice for calling Indian Muslims coronavirus spreaders and hailing Delhi riots as divine justice in his Facebook posts. Hailing from the Indian state of Bihar, Chapra district, Gupta was employed by Stevin Rock, a mining company headquartered in Ras Al Khaimah.

“This isolated incident involving a junior employee was investigated and dealt with immediately resulting in the termination without notice of this person’s employment with Stevin Rock,” the company’s business development and exploration manager Jean-François Milian said in an email to Gulf News on Sunday.

“Our company policy supports the direction of the UAE Government in promoting tolerance and equality and strongly renouncing racism and discrimination and we have sent communications to all of our employees irrespective of their religious or ethnic background reminding them that any such behaviour is unacceptable and will lead to immediate dismissal,” said Milian.

“India and UAE share the value of non-discrimination on any grounds. Discrimination is against our moral fabric and the Rule of law. Indian nationals in the UAE should always remember this,” India’s ambassador to the UAE Pavan Kapoor said in a tweet.

Md Irshad Ayub, Founding English editor at Millat Times and Delhi-based freelance journalist.