Hyderabad: An accountant from Hyderabad was terminated from service in Dubai after he allegedly shared Islamophobic cartoons on his Facebook page.

Identified as Bala Krishna, he was working as chief accountant at Moro Hub, a data solution company which is a subsidiary of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority.

A Twitter handle named Zed further reported that “the company is in a process of revoking his Visa.”

Bala Krishna had shared a cartoon on Facebook which suggested that people belonging to the Muslim community are suicide bombers in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Another post of his suggested that Muslims are ‘spreading coronavirus’ as part of a conspiracy against India.

The Moro Hub employee’s profile picture also suggested that he was a supporter of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the NRC.

This is not the first time that an Indian employee has been fired from the company for sharing inflammatory content on social media.

Earlier on April 9, another Indian Rakesh B. Kitturmath, who worked as a team leader at Emrill Services, Dubai was sacked by his company.

Hailing from Karnataka, he had sparked outrage on social media, after he mocked Muslims in response to a Facebook post regarding COVID-19. On April 6, Mitesh Udeshi, who worked as a financial manager in Abu-Dhabi based firm was fired for posting a cartoon mocking Islam on his Facebook wall.

Companies have invoked the United Arab Emirates’ stringent anti-discrimination law to sack employees. The anti-discrimination/anti-hatred law prohibits all acts “that stoke religious hatred and/or which insult religion through any form of expression, be it speech or the written word, books, pamphlets or via online media.”

Amritha Mohan

Amritha Mohan is a reporter at the NewsMeter. Shortly after completing her Master's in Communication at the University of Hyderabad, she began teaching courses on media and culture as a guest lecturer at the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, North-Eastern Hill University (NEHU), Shillong. Amritha has previously interned with news organisations such as Greater Kashmir and Newslaundry. A lover of travel and photography, she spends most of her time planning road trips to the North-East. Nothing makes her happier than a green turf and a team to play football with. She primarily reports on education, tech, human-interesting and critical features.

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