Continuing our discussion about the incidents happening in various parts of India which raise questions in the rational mind of the country.
whatever is happening is that acceptable in an egalitarian society. is not there any other way o handle a situation like this. or the ideologies of a particular group are so much important that the rights of other groups can be put at stake just because you are in the majority.
so today I came up with another incident which really disturbed many responsible people of the country.
the incident refers to refers to the case of mob lynching in which a mob of people attacked a Muslim family on the night of 28 September 2015 in Bisara village near Dadri, Uttar Pradesh, India. The attackers killed 52-year-old Mohammad Akhlaq Saifi (Ikhlaq according to some sources) and seriously injured his son, 22-year-old Danish.
On 28 September 2015 evening, two boys used the local temple’s public announcement system to spread the rumour that the family of Mohammad Akhlaq had killed a cow and consumed its meat on Eid-ul-Adha. Later, the police called this rumour to be the cause of the lynching.
A mob carrying sticks arrived at Mohammad Akhlaq’s house at around 10:30 pm. The family had finished dinner and were going to sleep. Akhlaq and his son Danish were already asleep. The mob accused them of consuming beef. They found some meat in the refrigerator and seized it
. But the family insisted it was mutton. The mob dragged the family outside. Akhlaq and Danish were repeatedly kicked, hit with bricks and stabbed. Akhlaq’s elderly mother and wife were also attacked. The family’s Hindu neighbours tried to stop the mob but could not succeed. The police were called and they arrived an hour later. By then, Akhlaq was dead and Danish was badly injured.
The family had been living in the village for about the 70 years. The family consisted of Akhlaq, 52; his brother Jan Mohammad Saifi, 42; mother Asgari Begum, 82; wife Ikram; son Danish, 22; and daughter Sajida. Akhlaq’s elder son, Mohammad Sartaj, 27, works as a Corporal-ranked technician in the Indian Air Force and was in Chennai at the time of the attack.
Aftermath and arrests
The police arrested the temple’s priest and his assistant for questioning. A first information report (FIR) was filed naming ten of the attackers based on the testimony of the family members. The FIR contained charges under Sections 147 (rioting), 148 (rioting with deadly weapons), 149 (unlawful assembly), 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder), 458 (house-breaking), and 504 (intentional insult with intent to breach of the peace) of the Indian penal code
. Six of them were found and arrested by 1 October. On 1 October, the number of arrests went to eight. The arrests were opposed by locals. The protesters set fire on vehicles and vandalised shops. The police had to fire in the air to disperse them. One person was injured in the protests. Personnel from Uttar Pradesh Provincial Armed Constabulary and the Rapid Action Force were deployed in the village.
The temple priest denied involvement. He said that he was forced to make the announcement by some youngsters. The priest said that he had only announced that a cow had been killed and asked people to gather near the temple. On 3 October, a man named Vishal, the son of a local BJP leader Sanjay Rana, was arrested in connection to the case.
By 4 October, Danish had spent 4 days in the Intensive Care Unit and undergone two brain surgeries. He had been admitted in Kailash Hospital, Greater Noida Some female relatives of the arrested persons attacked journalists and pelted stones at media vans. They claimed that these persons had been wrongly arrested and the media was covering only the victim’s story.
On 5 October, Uttar Pradesh Police asked microblogging site Twitter to remove certain text and photographs related to the incident, which it considered provocative. The family left Bisara village and moved to an Indian Air Force zone in Delhi on 6 October.
The Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Akhilesh Yadav announced as exgratia of ₹1,000,000 for the family on 30 September 2015. He also directed the District Magistrate and Senior Superintendent of Police of Noida to provide police protection to the family.
On 3 October 2015, the exgratia was raised to ₹2,000,000. Mohammad Akhlaq’s elder son Mohammad Sartaj, a technician in the Indian Air Force, said that he has decided to move the family out of Dadri. The family has shifted to Delhi on 6 Oct
Home Minister and former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Rajnath Singh, appealed to people to maintain communal harmony and promised strict action against those try to disrupt it. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said such incidents affect the image of the nation and people should rise above them.
Mahesh Sharma, a BJP Union Minister, said that the lynching was not planned but an unfortunate accident. However, he promised justice to the family. Another BJP leader Tarun Vijay said that this incident may derail the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s agenda of development.
He asked Hindus to look after cows instead of resorting to violence. He also pointed to the issues of beef export and stray cows consuming plastic from garbage. Another BJP leader, Sakshi Maharaj criticised the exgratia amount and said that if a Hindu had been killed his family would have received much less.
Asaduddin Owaisi, the leader of All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen, criticised the police’s decision to test the meat. He also criticised the ruling party of the state for inaction and the local BJP leaders for defending the rioters.
Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha called the incident unfortunate and said that they were trying to move the family to an Indian Air Force area to help and protect them. Former Bihar Chief Minister and leader of RJD political party Lalu Prasad Yadav said that poor people and Indian expatriates eat beef. And that there was no difference between beef and goat
. However, he added that eating meat and beef was not good for health. But later he retracted the statements. Former Supreme Court Justice Markandey Katju said that he eats beef and does not consider cows to be sacred. He called for fast justice and strict punishment for the attackers.
On 6 October 2015, author Nayantara Sahgal returned her Sahitya Akademi award in protest of the growing intolerance in the country. She pointed to the recent murders of M. M. Kalburgi, Narendra Dabholkar and Govind Pansare, and called Dadri lynching her last straw.] Later, Ashok Vajpeyi and Rahman Abbas also returned their awards.
On 7 October 2015, Azam Khan, a cabinet minister in the Government of Uttar Pradesh, said that he will raise the Dadri lynching issue at United Nations. Also on 7 October 2015, President of India Pranab Mukherjee said that diversity, tolerance and plurality are the core of Indian civilisation and they kept India united for centuries.
Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, referencing the President’s speech, said in a public rally on 8 October 2015 to follow President’s message and ignore statements of communal political leaders, urging people to stay united. He stated, “Hindus and Muslims should fight against poverty and not against each other”.
Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, in a speech on October 15th, has termed the incident dukhad [saddening]. But he questioned the logic behind blaming the Centre for it. Mr Modi also termed undesirable the opposition to Pakistani singer Ghulam Ali’s concert in Mumbai by the Shiv Sena but sought to know how the Centre was responsible for it.
in addition to all the political and intellectual reaction, the Bollywood stardom has also said a lot on the issue of intolerance. some spoke in favour and some against…
|Aamir Khan also joined the bandwagon of actors who have raised their voice against incidents of intolerance in the country. The ‘PK’ actor said that he was alarmed over the rising ‘incidents of intolerance’ in the country and that his wife Kiran Rao suggested moving out of India.|
|Shah Rukh Khan received much flak for saying that ‘there is extreme intolerance in the country’.|
|Tamil film actor Kamal Haasan recently faced criticism for refusing to return to return his National Awards as a form of protest against communal incidents. The actor said that the move would just insult the government who gave the award with love.|
|Compared to any country India is the most tolerant and if some people are unhappy here also they should tell which country they will go to, said filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma. Isn’t Aamir, Sharuk, Salman, 3 Muslims becoming biggest stars of a Hindu country proof enough that India is tolerant? he tweeted.|
|Returning an award would not solve any problem. We should learn to address the issue (of intolerance) rather that getting it upon ourselves. It is not a personal issue, it is the issue of the entire nation, said Kareena Kapoor.|
I would love to have your thoughts on the issue in comment box 🙂