Ajay Jaiman documents an evening of dissent and solidarity at Jantar Mantar where upwards of 3000 people gathered to protest against the violence against minorities across the country.
New Delhi: Braving gloomy weather on a weekday, thousands turned up at Jantar Mantar on June 28 to register their anguish at incidents of communal violence that have skyrocketed across India in recent months. The protest comes in the wake of the lynching of 16-year-old Junaid Khan, who was stabbed to death on June 22 on board a train over suspicions of carrying beef.
Junaid was just the latest casualty in a series of mob attacks that have ravaged the country. Statistics show that since 2010, 86% of victims in cases of cow-related violence have been Muslims and the incidents have been growing at a rapid pace with 97% of the attacks reported post 2014.
The “Not In My Name” campaign began after a Facebook post by filmmaker Saba Dewan decrying these attack. Soon enough, it gained momentum and grew into an outlet for public discontent, as simultaneous protests were organised in cities and towns all over the country, lending volume to the voice against the indiscriminate violence against the persecuted and the vulnerable. Lawyers, teachers, activists, performers, poets and musicians joined thousands others at the protest in Delhi.
Ajay Jaiman makes photographs and films professionally. He works almost exclusively with not-for-profit organisations/causes. More at http://www.jaiman.org/