On September 28, 2015, 50-year-old Mohammad Akhlaq was lynched and his 22-year-old son Danish was brutally beaten for allegedly ‘storing beef’.
The order of the SHO is questionable as the district civil administration had not deemed it necessary to impose such restrictions on meat sellers and eateries.
Tracking the incidents of lynching over cow slaughter and the possession and consumption of beef from September 2015 to July 2017.
The country is witnessing the law of the living in the space of death.
We’re told not to ask questions about the surgical strikes, that it is the time of national unity. But blind acceptance of authority is a hallmark of a dictatorship, not a democracy.
Is human slaughter in the name of the cow really justified? Akhlaq, and the meat he consumed, continues to haunt his family even a year after his brutal murder.
Mohammed Akhlaq was lynched to death in September 2015 on suspicion of eating beef.
Besides accentuating polarisation and provoking communal conflict, the BJP is turning attention away from the real migrations, cattle deaths and trafficking taking place because of its callous policies.
Notwithstanding Modi’s talk of ‘vikas’, the party’s sustained politics of polarisation reflects its failure to move beyond Hindutva and its doublespeak.
Freedom Under Fire: Dadri’s Hindu-Muslim Couple Refused Marriage Registration; Priest Beats Up Boy For Failing Bible Quiz
A round-up of news, both bad and good, on the rights front from India.
History is full of examples of how ultra-nationalists have been the most anti-national in terms of the consequences of their actions. India has no future other than as a tolerant, multi-religious, secular polity and the Prime Minister must ensure it stays that way.
Returning awards is not about polarising, it is about fighting for the idea of tolerance
India needs political leaders who can make people understand and accept that even if Hinduism is the dominant religion, men and women cannot be killed because what they write or what they eat offends Hindus.
“I can’t fight the growing communal forces physically so I have decided to lodge a silent protest by returning the award,” the 75-year-old author of more than 30 books said.
Hindus should stop worrying about Muslims and start worrying about themselves, their children, their youth. They need to worry about the attempts being made to criminalise their minds and hearts.
We are happy to accept whatever we hear, as long as it confirms our worst fears and biases. But India is a much more complex society
New Delhi: After eminent writer Nayantara Sahgal, former Lalit Kala Akademi chairman Ashok Vajpeyi has returned his Sahitya Akademi Award to protest the “assault on right to freedom of both life and expression”. Voicing displeasure over the Dadri lynching incident and and a string of killings of rationalists, he also […]
If meat export is the policy, is it a deliberate “policy diversion” on the part of senior BJP leaders to discredit our thriving meat industry with their innuendo and even outright suggestions that beef is being exported along with buffalo meat?
Key BJP MLA in western UP, Sangeet Som calls Akhlaq and his family “cow killers”, while Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma says the fact that the mob did not touch the victims young daughter is proof their intention was not to lynch anyone.
Bishara (UP): Askari Begum is tired of telling her story over and over again to strangers who have been streaming into her house for the last three days. Police, media persons and others visiting her house – in Bishara village of Uttar Pradesh’s Gautam Buddh Nagar district – […]
Forget about your right to eat what you want. The fight is now over your right to not be killed for what you eat.