India Independence Day: Muslim man ordered to lead celebrations to prove he's not a traitor

Muslim man ordered to lead India's Independence Day celebrations to prove his patriotism

Celebrations are taking place in India

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

A Muslim man has been ordered by police to lead India's Independence Day celebrations to prove he isn't a traitor.

Today (August 15) many in India are celebrating the anniversary of the split from Pakistan which took place 70 years ago.

Neighbours of Dilnawaz Alam have accused him of posting pro-Pakistan material on Facebook as well as photos of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, , according to The Telegraph.

An official has said the 22-year-old, who lives in Sheohar district in the north-east state of Bihar, must now put a national flag on a mast and salute when it unfurls, as well as sing the national anthem.

He was also ordered to clean the walls of a police station during the weekend and go on a litter pick nearby.

According to the district superintendent, Alam agreed of his own will to “mend his ways and thoughts” to avoid further punishments.

Laws in the country on anti-nationalism are vague and some have criticised the country for them as it is claimed they create hostility towards minorities as well as a suspicious atmosphere.

In June this year police arrested 15 Muslim men after they were heard allegedly shouting pro-Pakistan slogans when its cricket team won the Champions Trophy cricket final against India.