All Muslims in India are not descendants of Aurangzeb. Some Muslims may have descended from Mirza Ghalib (I read him all the time), Maulana Abul Kalam Azad (Amir Khan is his great great grandson), Muhammad Iqbal (Writer of Sare Jahan Se Accha). And not all Hindus in India are descendants of Lord Rama. Did you get what I am trying to say? No offence to anyone, this is just an analogy drawn to drive home the point.
Though what I am writing is purely symbolic, people are good or bad irrespective of their religions, food habits and background. People are good or bad according to their circumstances, upbringing and most importantly, how much they have been brainwashed.
That's where Mob Lynching comes to the scene. A brainwashed and instigated mob kills a person purely over a suspicion or rumour. And this new trend in India is horrible and horrendous!
My country was never like that. Where are we heading actually?
The other day I was discussing this 'Mob Lynching' thing with my dad (He is a retired bureaucrat, and first hand experienced mob anger during 1992 all India Babri Riots at Rajwada, Indore and closely escaped) and he explained to me that when the mob is instigated over an ideology, it loses its conscience, discretion, prudence and goes for the kill. That's why administration's first task is to disperse the crowd.
But I love my country and like everyone else, I will also raise my voice against Mob Lynching, just like my countrymen did the on 28 June when they gathered at various cities in India under the slogan #NotInMyName and protested against Mob Lynchings.
It's an ideology which means that "I do not stand by violent ideology, I do not stand for any kind of mob lynchings, I do no support this Mob Mentality."
The gathering on 28 June 2017 was a protest against the lynching of 17-year-old, Junaid, who was stabbed to death on June 22 onboard a train, which he had taken with his two brothers after Eid's shopping in Delhi. According to the Indian Express, a group of men allegedly hurled communal slurs and attacked them after an altercation over seats. The mob in Ballabhgarh, Haryana mocked his skull cap and called him a beef eater, which led to severe altercation.
In an another incident on 28 June, over a 100-strong mob attacked a Muslim man on the suspicion that he had slaughtered a cow after finding the carcass of a bovine near his house in Giridih district of Jharkhand.
Mob Lynchings have been on rise in India, mostly in the name of 'Gau Raksha'. According to Al Jazeera 28 Indians have been killed and 124 injured since 2010 in cow-related violence. I hope we all remember Pehlu Khan, the dairy farmer who was beaten to death for transporting cattle three months ago; of Mohammad Akhlaq, who was killed in Dadri on suspicion of storing beef in 2015.
The matters should have been reported to Police. Killing is taking law into our own hands, which is punishable under National Security Act (NSA).
Nobody is above the law!
"Dear Maa, I am home. You wanted me to buy new clothes in Delhi, but fate has landed me in heaven, where you don't have marauding mobs. I am home."
Everyone was in tears at Jantar Mantar when the 22-year-old Mohammed Asaruddin read out from what he called his brother, Junaid's, "letter to his mother from heaven," at a citizens' protest on Wednesday.
According to the Times of India, Asaruddin's voice quivered as he read out the lines in Hindi from a makeshift dias, set against the backdrop of a 'lynch map of India', highlighting the places where people had been lynched in the country since 2015. The letter, he said, had been penned by a journalist friend.
Some people in the crowd have called India Lynchistan. That's surely bad news for all of us.
That's something which belonged to the medieval era, right? 2017 should be about technology, art, economy, progressiveness, etc. What do you think?
This map shows the places where lynchings have taken place.
No words to explain this terrible image. A man who is about to be lynched by a jingoist mob.
No child of India deserves such a fate.
No please, no such words. We will overcome such a phase too!
And that's great news.
Lynchings have seriously damaged the reputation of India and abroad as well. We are not such a country, we all know that. But some things have really gone out of our hands.
Though these protests throughout the country have kind of worked- at least the government seems to be in alert mode now.
But let's also do our bit, whatever way we can.
Thanks for reading.