China builds toilet on Xinjiang mosque site, orders forcible abortion of Muslim women
NEW DELHI/URUMQI ;
AUTHORITIES of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) regime have built a public toilet on the site of a mosque after demolishing it in Xinjiang province and also ordered forcible abortions of pregnant women as part of a campaign against the Uyghur Muslims. As per the reports of Radio Free Asia (RFA), a public toilet has been erected on the site of the demolished Tokul mosque in Suntagh village of Atush city and hospitals have been “forced to abort and kill babies born in excess of family planning limits or who were in utero less than three years after the mother’s previous birth”, in what is called the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.
The region was captured by the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) in 1949 and assimilated into China completely by 1955. Since then, Uyghurs have been seeking independence but as the resistance movement against the authoritarian rule of the CCP, grew bigger, Beijing cracked down on the human rights of the minority community. Around 1.8 million Muslim Uyghurs and other Muslims have been detained under Xi Jinping’s regime in Xinjiang’s camps where they are being cleansed of their ethno-religious views, identity since 2017. RFA reported that the authorities had razed two of three mosques in Suntagh village, “carrying out a directive to destroy Muslim places of worship en masse”.
The drive against mosques was launched in late 2016 as a “part of a series of hardline policies under top leader Xi Jinping”. Suntagh village in Atush, is a county-level city of about 270,000 people under the administration of Kashgar prefecture in the cotton- and grape-growing region of southwestern XUAR, RFA reported. Quoting the village committee chief, RFA said that the Tokul mosque was demolished in 2018 and a lavatory built upon it even as people in the village have toilets at home. “The committee chief said with Suntagh located about 3 km outside of central Atush, the area sees few to no tourists who would require access to toilet,” RFA reported.