Mob Lynching: Jamia Teachers Come out, Speak up
Ghazanfar Abbas, IndiaTomorrow.net,
New Delhi, July 17: Concerned at the growing fear among common people, students and teachers in the wake of rise in incidents of mob violence and mob lynching in the name of cow and beef by self-styled Gau Rakshaks, teachers of Jamia Millia Islamia held a protest demonstration at the campus here on Monday. Wearing black bands on their arms and chests, they appealed to the government to take strict actions against the culprits and remove fear from the minds of the people.
Many of them strongly condemned the trend of mob lynching and said it is a great threat to the idea of composite India.
Prof. Sonya Surabhi Gupta
Prof. Sonya Surabhi Gupta, Professor and Director, Centre for European and Latin American Studies said: "Jamia's history is linked with the nationalist movement of the country. This history inspires us to come out and protest against the way people being divided in the name of caste and community. The recent incidents of mob lynching must have shaken the conscience of every right-thinking person. We are here to affirm that it is very necessary to maintain the idea of composite India."
Dr. Veeramani S.
Dr. Veeramani S., Assistant Professor, Centre for Management Studies said: "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."
Dr. Musheer Ahmad
Dr. Musheer Ahmad, President of Jamia Teachers Association (JTA) said: "Despite the statements by the Prime Minister, no action has been taken yet. We appeal to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh to take strict action against the perpetrators, so that the environment of fear be ended."
Dr. Harpreet Kaur Jass
Dr. Harpreet Kaur Jass, Dept of Educational Studies said: "We are intellectuals and social scientists. When government fails in guiding us, we must come out and tell it that we want to live with love, peace and brotherhood. We are votary to pluralism. It has been the history of Jamia Millia Islamia."
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."
The protest call was jointly given by Jamia Teachers' Association, Jamia School Teachers' Association and Jamia Administrative Staff Association.
In the last four months, around two dozen people mostly Muslims have been killed in mob lynching over suspicion of cow theft, beef and child theft, mostly in BJP-ruled states.
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)