Jamia Millia Teachers Protest Against Mob Lynching
Ghazanfar Abbas, IndiaTomorrow.net,
New Delhi, July 17: Teachers of Jamia Millia Islamia on Monday staged a protest demonstration against the incidents of mob lynching in the name of cow protection. Wearing black bands on their arms and chests, the teachers were shouting slogans against the trend of mob violence.
"Incidents of mob lynching, which have been going on in our country, are a great challenge to the democracy. Innocent people are lynched by mobs in the name of cow protection.... We strongly condemn such attacks," said Dr Veeramani S., Assistant Professor, Centre for Management Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia.
"Everyone has to live peacefully in this country because the salient feature of India is secular. We should not create one more slavery as it happened under the British rule. An Indian should not be enslaved by another Indian in the name of illegal acts like lynching and mob lynching," he told IndiaTomorrow.net.
"Those lynching innocent people are real threat to the stability of the country because they are challenging the democracy and the law. We as professors and teachers strongly condemn such attacks," said Dr Veeramani.
The protest call was jointly given by Jamia Teachers' Association, Jamia School Teachers' Association and Jamia Administrative Staff Association.
Talking to IndiaTomorrow.net, SM Mehmood, Secretary, Jamia Teachers Association said: "In order to instil confidence in students who come here from across the country, we are staging this protest against mob lynching. We want government to take concrete action to stop mob lynching. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been appealing against mob lynching but it has not stopped. The government must now take some concrete actions."
In the last four months, around two dozen people have been killed in mob lynching over suspicion of cow theft, beef and child theft.
Some Latest Cases of Lynching:
02 July: A man named Asadul was lynched by villagers in Jharkhand's Sahibganj district as he was allegedly trying to run away after murdering his wife.
29 June: Mohd Allimuddin, a resident of Hazaribagh district in Jharkhand, was beaten to death by a mob in Ramgarh district of the same state on suspicion that he was carrying beef in his vehicle.
22 June: Three people identified as Mohammad Nasir, Nasirul Haque and Mohammad Samiruddin were lynched in West Bengal's North Dinajpur district after they were allegedly caught stealing cows from a house.
22 June: A minor named Junaid Khan, 16, was beaten and stabbed to death by a group of people in a running train in Haryana.
16 June: Social activist Zafar Khan was allegedly beaten to death by municipality employees in Pratapgarh district of Rajasthan when he objected to them taking photos of women defecating in the open.
18 May: Four people named Naeem, Khali, Farzu and Raju were lynched in Seraikela-Kharsawa district of Jharkhand on suspicion of being child lifter.
18 May: Three people named Vikas Kumar Verma, Uttam Kumar Verma and Ganesh Kumar Gupta were lynched in Singhbhum district of Jharkhand on suspicion of being child lifter.
02 May: Ghulam Mohammad, 45, was killed by a group of men for allegedly helping an inter-faith couple in Bulandshahr district of Uttar Pradesh.
30 April: Two persons named Abu Hanifa and Riazuddin Ali were lynched by a mob in Nagaon district of Assam on suspicion of stealing cattle.
01April: Haryana dairy farmer Pehlu Khan, 55, was lynched in Alwar district of Rajasthan.
(Data compiled by IndiaTomorrow.net)