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’.
Law creates the legal and institutional backdrop within which gau rakshaks and lynch mobs can operate with impunity.
The Rajasthan police has given a clean chit to six people Pehlu Khan named before he died.
“I want those who lynched my husband to be punished, not for revenge, but to ensure that no one has to go through what my children and I have undergone.”
The apex court was hearing a PIL filed by Tushar Gandhi, great-grandson of Mahatma Gandhi.
The two were dragged out of a van carrying seven cows and killed by a mob in the middle of the night. The driver of the van managed to escape.
“After the attack, many frightened families have locked their houses and left for safer places fearing further attacks.”
A mob beat a group of seven Muslim men in Dumra village after rumours spread that they had killed and eaten a cow.
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Far too many movies portray taking the law into your own hands a solution for change.
The science of hate can help us realise who the bigger criminal is. Is it the lynchers alone? Should the instigators bear more blame? And should an apathetic government be held complicit?
None of the police chiefs in the history of independent India have stood up to their political masters. None have sacrificed their career and post-retirement avenues to uphold their professional ethos. It is time this changes.
While some reports say the victims were attacked on the pretext of carrying beef, a victim’s cousin says they were attacked by men who used communal slurs in an argument over seats.
While some families have returned after the village sarpanch promised them safety, several others still feel that their homes are still unsafe.
India’s problem of mob violence is not restricted to a few rogue citizens. It stems from a culture of violence.