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Calling me a faggot is not okay, says Naufal Khan

Naufal Khan, the founder and editor Indian Spice is a gay, Muslim, Indian male in South Africa and he became the victim of hate speech again just this past week.

We have had horror stories of many who have lost their lives just in the name of their sexual preferences and all this starts with minor transgressions like calling someone derogatory names.

Khan commented, “I was actually hurt by the insult thrown but not for myself BUT for my community of LGBTi people who experience much worse circumstances. We as a minority still face injustice, abuse and that does not mean we should sit back and turn the other cheek.”

Perpetuating a cycle of abuse like this leads to much larger and deadly situations for other victims, some of which never make the papers or a police docket.

I have over the years been called a number of distasteful names due to the color of my skin, my liberal choices and also due to my sexual orientation and today I have chosen to fight the good fight. – Khan

Devi Munisami of Silverglen Drive, Chatsworth thought it was well within her rights to belittle his sexual status on social media. Her exact words were, “A faggot with a mouth.”

“I have risen above the emotive burst of being angry a long time ago – now I choose to get even.”, said Khan

 

Munisami is a collective of haters who find excuses to abuse journalists for their work when reporting on matters that are contrary to their religious standpoint. They all have one thing in common – they all were showing support for an individual who incited hate-speech on social media recently against the Muslim faith of Islam.

In an attempt to thwart the integrity of the reporting on the recent Pauline Rosanna Sangham case, they bundled together and had a field day on Khan’s Facebook timeline hurling unfounded statements, insulting his professional capacity and his sexual status.

Munisami, backed up by other social media users – Loretta Rajkumar, a former politics aspirant, Elijah Woodarajh (known as Panda by his social media base) and a medley of other fake profiles.

Devi Munisami failed to realised that her insult to Khan qualifies as hate speech.

“The qualifying criteria for hate speech must now include a clear intention to be harmful or to incite harm or promote or propagate hatred “on the basis of age, albinism, birth, color, culture, disability, ethnic or social origin, gender or gender identity, HIV status, language, nationality, migrant or refugee status, race, religion, or sex, which includes intersex or sexual orientation”.

Section 10 of the Act, the Prohibition of Hate Speech, reads: “No person may publish, propagate, advocate or communicate words based on one or more of the prohibited grounds, against any person, that could reasonably be construed to demonstrate a clear intention to be hurtful, be harmful or to incite harm [and/or] promote or propagate hatred.”

“So what am I going to do about this? Well, I plan to take a legal recourse against Munisami and others to set an example to homophobes.”, said Khan

“I have engaged my legal counsel to proceed with the matter and I won’t back down. The other reason for my action is that I want the LGBTi community to know that you DO have a voice and there are options to you to protect yourself from hate speech and much more”

If you have been the victim of a hate crime, you have the right to seek justice, you can reach out to ‘Love Not Hate’ they are here to help.

Love not Hate aims to counter this situation by providing a coordinated response to hate crimes. The programme works to educate service providers and the public, while also helping survivors to overcome some of the structural barriers preventing them from accessing help. This includes assisting LGBTI persons to report incidents of violence and to navigate the justice system, as well as tracking hate crimes using a standardized documentation system.

Love not Hate campaign is a multi-partner initiative addressing violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) persons.

You can email them on speakout@lovenothate.org.za or call them on 012 430 3272.