Mob lynchings, a new normal in today’s India have started getting resistance from conscious minds. The silence has been broken, and at least some Indian citizens are saying NO to hatred and violence in the name of religion and caste. A Facebook campaign #NotInMyName which triggered protests in several cities of India on Wednesday June 28, 2017 has spread across India and Several protests across cities were registered after the campaign #NotInMyName where citizens gathered to protest rising incidents of mob violence on Muslims and Dalits.
On Saturday July 15, 2017 Pune saw a large number of protestors against the public lynching of Muslims and Dalits. More than 40 Muslim and Dalit organizations have organized a peaceful rally to condemn the killings of innocent Muslims and Dalits under the banner of “Kul Jamati Tanzeem, Pune”.
The rally has started from More Shopping Mall, Kondhwa at 3 pm and reached Kausar Baug Ground where prominent social activists and other dignitaries including Teesta Setalwad (Social Activist), Justice B G Kolse Patil (Retired Judge) and Sadique Shaikh (Father of Mohsin Shaikh) etc. have addressed the gathering which was mix of different people irrespective of their gender, race and religion.
Justice B G Kolse Patil while addressing said that youth should think independently and should learn about the history by their own research and not through distorted facts, this will help them to understand what’s happening around them.
Teesta Setalvad in her address said, “Fatima Sheikh from Pune who was the first to support Jyotiba Phule’s drive to educate Boys and Girls was a Muslim but this is not written in today’s syllabus book because the hatred cannot flourish if this is included in the history book. Instead of forwarding the hate messages on WhatsApps, youth should create a good WhatsApp message backing the historical facts and sent across to 1000 to 2000 people which will create awareness among masses and will be helpful in building the nation, she added.
We are born in this country and will die to protect this country said by Maulana Razeen Ashraf Nadvi (Shaikhul Hadees). The program was ended with a dua by Maulana.
#NotInMyName campaign started by filmmaker Saba Dewan attracted thousands who gathered in national capital New Delhi and Mumbai under the campaign. Dewan wrote a facebook post about a Muslim teenager Hafiz Zunaid who was stabbed to death by a mob while travelling on a train from Delhi to Mathura. Apart from Delhi and Mumbai, similar protests were held in cities like Allahabad, Bangalore, Chandigarh, Chennai, Jaipur, Kochi, Kolkata, Lucknow, Patna and Thiruvananthapuram.
O Thursday July 13, 2017 more than 30 organizations from the Minority community and Dalits in Solapur have jointly organized a peace rally to condemn the killings and to send the strong message to the government that killing of innocents will not be tolerated. The rally has begun from Hutatma chowk at 11 am and reached collector office where political leaders across party lines and social activists have addressed the gathering.
Narsayya Adam, an ex MLA of Maharashtra Assembly said, Beef is available in 5 star hotels but in huts humans are turning into animals in the name of cow. It is really a cowardly act and will continue the fight for justice and justice, he added.
A group in Delhi has decided to initiate a campaign of 100+ events, protests, and actions across the city as a follow-up on August 27, 2017 and urged people all across the country to join in. They have given a slogan to say wherever people want to join in – Nafrat Ke Khilaf, Dilli Ki Avaaz – Say No to Hatred!