Thousands over thousands of citizens have turned on to the roads of Indian cities to protest against the emerging hate crime and lynching incidents across the country. The ‘Not in My Name’ movement has surged in India, and people are braving up to make a strong call for stopping crime incurred over Dalits and Muslims.
People emerging together on streets braving for protest even under fierce rainfall as the protest erupted after a 16-year-old boy named Junaid was lynched from a moving train by a mob. Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru were crippled by the echoes of ‘Not in My Name’ roars as protest against increasing incidents of lynching and hate crimes against the minorities in India. Waving the placards of ‘Not in my name’ and ‘Stop cow terrorism’, protesters were joined by many eminent personalities including actress Shabana Azmi, director Girish Karnad and historian Ram Chandra Guha at Jantar Mantar in Delhi.
Protesting against lynching and atrocities, not a single eye was dry when the Junaid’s 22-year old brother read out what he calls ‘letter to his mother from heaven’ at Jantar Mantar on Wednesday which said – “Dear Ma, I am home. You wanted me to buy new clothes in Delhi, but fate has landed me in heaven, where you don’t have marauding mobs. I am home. Yours, Junaid.” The silence has finally broken and people are standing for the Muslims and the Dalits who are targeted, stabbed, lynched and killed in the name of cow slaughter accusations on this independent and glorious land of India.
A map which highlights the lynching incidents called the ‘Lynch Map of India’ shows a huge number of violence against minority castes who eat beef and work in leather and meat industries. The violence has chilled out and shivered the core of India and the protest is no more just about Junaid, it is not that narrow anymore. Instead it has spurred its wings to touch humanity, for a livelier and a healthier society.