The State is Standing Against Poor and Vulnerable, Say Victims of Hate Crimes
Questioning how and why “walls of hatred” have been erected between different sections of the society, victims of communal, caste and gender violence and kin of the victims came together and shared their stories at the National Convention Against State Complicity in Hate Crimes organised by Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) in Mumbai.
Speaking at the convention, Mohammed Qasim, brother of Junaid Khan – the 15-year-old who was lynched by a mob near Ballabhgarh on a train following a dispute over a seat – questioned why Haryana chief minister has never consoled or promised any relief to the family after the brutal killing. “We are living in a constant state of fear. It feels like a sword or a bullet can take our life, any moment,” he said.
Shweta Bhatt, wife of former IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt, while speaking at this convention, appealed to the people to join her fight to free her husband. Bhatt, who had filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court regarding then Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi’s role in 2002 riots case, has now been allegedly framed in a 30-year-old custodial death case. Shweta said, “In 2011, at around 11 a.m, he deposed against the Nanavati-Mehta Commission. On the same day, at around 5 p.m, they started digging up old cases to frame him and initiate prosecution.”…
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- Indian Media Fuelling Hatred Like Radio Rwanda, Warns Twitterati (Jul 23, 2019, The Quint)
- Minority hate dominates world’s oldest and largest democracies (Jul 22, 2019, Free Press Journal)
- Aparna Sen: ‘Patriots like us must call out lynchings. Why doesn’t PM Modi start a campaign against hate crimes?’ (Jul 25, 2019, Dailyo.in)