'Truth spoken without moderation reverses itself'
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Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Memorandum to Prime Minister: Contain Religious Adventurism in Faridabad-Mewat-Alwar Belt
Memorandum to Prime Minister
The merciless lynching of 16 year old Junaid (resident of
Khandawali, Ballabgarh) in a crowded train in broad day light on June 12, 2017
is a high point of religious humiliation and violence being perpetrated on the
Muslim masses by organized gangs in the Faridabad-Mewat-Alwar belt for the last
2 years. Junaid and his brothers were bitterly abused and vulgar aspersions
were called on their religion while they were being brutally beaten and
stabbed. His brother Shakir Hussain is struggling for life in Trauma Center,
Safdar Jung Hospital, New Delhi. The incident is not an isolated event, it has
a sinister pattern.
In May 2015, an attack was mounted on 150 Muslim families of
Atali (Ballabgarh) when they were
preparing to complete an unfinished mosque following court order in their
favor. 25 people were injured and 25 homes burnt before police intervened and
took the Muslim residents to police station for safety. A week later people
returned back, however, offensives against them continued until all the
families were forced to flee. Not many families since then have returned.
In 2016, murderous attack was carried on the family of
Zaheeruddin in Deengerhedi (Tauru, Mewat) in which his son Ibrahim (39) and
daughter in law Rashidan (37) were killed, daughter and son in law were
critically injured and their daughters’ dignity was attacked. On April 1, 2017
a farmer from Jaisinghpur, Mewat, Mr. Pehlu Khan, his sons Irshad and Arif and
neighbors Azmat and Rafiq, returning from Jaipur after purchasing 5 milking
cows, were stopped in Behror (Alwar) by motor riding cow vigilantes and
brutally thrashed. Pehlu Khan died a day later. The police confiscated their
cows and have not yet returned them despite valid papers. The government has
not paid any relief so far. On April 5, 2017 a procession was taken out in
Behror, not showing any sympathy with Pehlu Khan but demanding that no
‘innocent’ Hindu should be arrested. There have been instances of sectarian offensives
in Tikri Brahmin (Palwal) and elsewhere also. Blatant drive to check biryani
samples on the occasion of Id ul Zuha has only brought immense humiliation and
i) immediate compensation for the victims of these
ii) bringing the attacking gangs to justice,
iii) cessation of
political and administrative patronage to cow vigilantes/ fanatics,
disbanding of the recent moves on cow slaughter that have become a curtain for
criminals to project themselves as heroes,
v) declaration by the state that cow
can’t be protected unless tractor based farming and truck based transport stop.
You may recall, when Gandhi was attacked in South Africa,
his struggle was directed against the state that patronized color
discrimination. Similar onus falls on the Government of India and State
governments as it is under them that these elements are emboldened.