Updated 6:56 am, Dec 07, 2018

IS INDIA BECOMING A LYNCHINGSTAN ? || FROM THE RAJPATH || SNE

By  SNE Webdesk .
Jul 28, 2018

 

Its all happening in front of our eyes and how can we remain silent spectators of human being sacrificed on the altar of politics. The police, local administration and lawmakers are supporting mob lynching for gau raksha. Is this what Indian democracy is all about, will promoting militant Hinduism by right wing party help India progress and improve its international image or will India be pushed back to medieval ages.

 

The blame game between Alwar police and the local BJP MLA over the latest gau raksha lynching reveals complicity at multiple levels. Both police and politics are under scrutiny just days after Supreme Court issued a series of directions to state governments and district police functionaries to curb mob violence. The alleged proximity of the vigilantes to the MLA could explain the impunity but the police themselves have much to answer for. Their conduct in first transporting victim Rakbar’s cows to a gaushala and stopping for tea before taking him to a hospital signify dereliction of duty of the highest order.

 

The Alwar episode has forced Union government to begin deliberations that could lead to a separate penal provision to tackle lynchings. But legislation in the Indian system often becomes a substitute for political will and administrative action. For example, new legislations pushed through in recent years to address rising sexual offences against women and children, had little discernible impact.

 

Outrage is growing and India’s international image takes a beating. Union ministers are rushing to condemn government critics like Rahul Gandhi instead of focusing on justice and corrective steps. \ Even political gains from gau raksha are doubtful. Alwar has been a hotspot of this violent movement, but in Lok Sabha bypolls earlier this year BJP faced a massive drubbing, losing to Congress by 1.96 lakh votes.

 

A Union minister’s claim that lynchings were a bid to arrest PM Modi’s popularity was followed by a senior RSS leader who believes lynchings will end if people stop eating beef. Even BJP ally and fellow Hindutva traveller Uddhav Thackeray has questioned BJP’s obsession with gau raksha at the expense of law and order. Government’s failure to end impunity for gau rakshaks must prompt Supreme Court to view the Alwar incident as contempt of court. SC had laid emphasis on districts with a history of lynchings. It is indeed a sad irony of “new India” that SC’s red flags about the susceptibility of districts like Alwar went unheeded.

 

 The Supreme Court said lynching is a crime no matter what the motive is, but reserved its verdict on pleas seeking directions to formulate guidelines to curb such violence. While it is difficult to say whether the number of lynching cases have gone up in India, the broadcast of such crimes on social media must worry us because it will normalise such heinous crimes. Mob lynchings also raise another disturbing question: are people losing faith in the judicial/democratic system of governance? And because a mob dispenses what it thinks is justice by itself, it often chooses its victim and the mode of justice. The targets are often the most vulnerable of society.

 

States should be far more vigilant and proactive in flagging rumours using social media and other platforms. If lynchings do not stop, India will become a failed republic which fails to protect the human rights of its citizens.

 

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