Lynching taking over religious values

Lynching taking over religious values
Tabrez Ansari

Video of a 24-year-old Tabrez Ansari was shared all over the social media platforms who was caught by a mob of villagers, tied to a pole and beaten brutally. The video displayed the man being forcefully made to chant ‘ jai Shri ram’  and ‘jai hanuman’. He was seen begging for life but no mercy was allowed upon him and later he died. Ansari was suspected of being a thief in the Seraikela-Kharsawan area of Jharkhand on June 18. Cases in Jharkhand show us that lynching isn't going to get over soon. The guilty have been arrested and the police officers involved were also suspended after the report. 

Lynching is a premeditated extrajudicial killing in order to punish an alleged person of a specified group. A large number of people gathered with posters and banners that read ‘No more lynching in the name of religion ‘ seeking justice for Ansari’s killing in different cities of the country like in Delhi, Gujarat and West Bengal. Also, Just two days after the killing of Ansari, a Muslim religious teacher in West Bengal was pushed off a running train when he denied chanting in devotion to the Hindu gods when demanded by the Hindu men travelling in the train.

The Prime minister on Wednesday addressed the concern in the Rajya Sabha that- The lynching in Jharkhand has pained me. It has saddened others too. Guilty should get the severest punishment but for this, the entire state has been pronounced guilty and everyone put in the dock. Which is not right,” he said. He also added to the states ruled by opposition parties that some people in Rajya Sabha are considering Jharkhand a hub of lynching. “ is this fair? Why are they insulting a state? None of us has the rights to insult the state. All kinds of violence whether in the states of Jharkhand or West Bengal or Kerala should be treated the same and law must take its course.

People all around the country are very disheartened and disturbed with the act of lynching not getting an end. The records have only seen to be increasing in various states. India known for its diversity and secularism should allow the same to all. Every citizen has the right to make a choice about their respective religion and no one can force them for the same. Strict action should be taken against the guilty. Such brutal killing in the name of religion is shame on both humanity and freedom. But, would this be the same and so frequent if there would be no hate or suspicion against Muslims? Is this how religions should be practised?

Blog by : Aayushi Mishra

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