Amid protests against lynching, a father sits in silence

Jalaluddin Khan, father of 15-year-old Junaid, and Irshad, son of slain dairy farmer Pehlu Khan, sat quietly as a dharna to demand justice for victims of mob lynching took place.

Written by Somya Lakhani | New Delhi | Published:July 3, 2017 2:36 am
jharkhand lynching, faridabad lynching, lynching protest, india news The protest at Jantar Mantar, Sunday. Prem Nath Pandey

On Sunday afternoon, as impassioned speeches by leaders big and small resonated in Jantar Mantar, the silence of a father and a son stood out. Jalaluddin Khan, father of 15-year-old Junaid, and Irshad, son of slain dairy farmer Pehlu Khan, sat quietly as a dharna to demand justice for victims of mob lynching took place. Junaid was stabbed to death on June 22 in a Mathura-bound train by a group of men who called him a “beef-eater”, while Pehlu was killed on April 1 in Alwar.

Jalaluddin didn’t address the gathering. He also didn’t participate in the #NotInMyName march on June 28. On stage since noon, he drove down to Delhi with his eldest son Ismail and left in a few hours. Black bands and banners with photos of Dadri lynching victim Mohammad Akhlaq; Pehlu Khan; missing JNU student Najeeb Ahmad; and Junaid, floated in the crowd, as did slogans demanding strict punishment for the accused.

A group of 40-50 people from Junaid’s village, Khandawali in Ballabhgarh also attended the protest. “This has been organised by the people of Mewat… Because of the circumstances now, we feel the need to be on the road to fight,” Sher Mohammed, head of Rajasthan’s Meo panchayat, said. Najeeb’s sister, Sadaf Musharraf, spoke about “the number of cows that die from eating plastic…”, and called for “law against mob lynching”.

A few hours and speeches later, Yogendra Yadav of Swaraj India party took over the mic: “If there was truth in the PM’s statement… he would have visited the homes of victims’ families… he did not visit Junaid… he could have gone to Akhlaq’s house, Pehlu’s house… As PM, instead of saying ‘these things shouldn’t happen’, he should say ‘I won’t let this happen’,” he said.

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  1. R
    Raj Singh
    Jul 3, 2017 at 2:01 pm
    The media has done a good job of burying the story of Pandith's lynching. People don't even remember the incident anymore.
    1. S
      Jul 3, 2017 at 12:58 pm
      This lynching exercise must be well planned by Congress and its best allies who are against NDA. They will go to any level to tarnish our countries image in the world for money and power. All I can see in this tenure is Lunching, Hindu and Muslim fights and raising slogans against the national flag and army jawans. Its very clear that, Congress and its allies are sure that they are going to docks and old history of corruption and killing will be scooped out in NDA's time. They are trying their best to bring down NDA.
      1. R
        Right Thinker
        Jul 3, 2017 at 11:28 am
        If this Sangh parivar cowards have guts, STOP BEEF export. Sanghi leader was also a coward and boot licker of British. He made written apology to British for releasing from prison.
        1. R
          Right Thinker
          Jul 3, 2017 at 11:20 am
          Sanghis​ are dividing the country based on religious lines. British also did the same thing " Divide and rule"
          1. L
            Left Thinker
            Jul 3, 2017 at 5:22 pm
            Thanks God you did not blamed Sanghis for your illegal birth tooo
          2. R
            Right Thinker
            Jul 3, 2017 at 11:11 am
            In North India, lot of people are uneducated. So they can be easily injected with communal poison by RSS and Sangh parivar. But in South India, people are more educated so their evil strategy is not working.
            1. I
              Jul 3, 2017 at 7:27 am
              Selective reporting by IE. A FAMOUS KERALA ACTRESS was SE-XU-ALLY ASSAULTED in KERALA and the CPM GOVT has failed to do anything in last FOUR MONTHS and it is conveniently PUSHED to BACKSTAGE.
              1. B
                Jul 3, 2017 at 10:19 am
                Indian is your mum back after giving to Amit Shah
                1. S
                  shiravanthe sridhar
                  Jul 3, 2017 at 10:28 am
                  Your mum is permanently given porki pigs along with your sister and wife, enjoy watching the uploads from porkistan.
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