Laws banning cattle slaughter in various states allow ordinary people to take the law into their own hand with impunity – as long as they are working in an undefined ‘good faith’.
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’.
On February 9, 2016, an event was organised in JNU in which anti-India slogans were said to have been raised for which the students’ union president Kanhaiya Kumar was charged with sedition.
According to the chargesheet filed by the CBI, one of the Dalit victims of the Una flogging was labelled a Muslim by an accused to rile others up further.
Fear of intrusion by the Other is what drives our individual and collective life, politics, reactions to the acts of terror and responses to the Other.
Chanting “down with Modi, down with RSS, down with government”, protesters blamed the government for inciting violence and failing to prosecute vigilantes.
A third culprit has been identified but not yet apprehended, Jammu & Kashmir police chief S P Vaid said on Friday.
Zafar Hussein intervened and tried to stop municipality officials from taking pictures of women defecating in the open, but was kicked, punched and beaten to death by them.
Can a nation be imagined around symbols that are controversial and pit one community against another?
While civil society activists say journalistic malpractice fuelled the recent mob lynching, the media has blamed the police’s lack of timely intervention.
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.